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Oscar still off the pace

A disruptive first day of the Africa senior track and field championships in Benin failed to see our athletes making any Olympic Games qualifying progress on Wednesday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Logistical hitches saw the meeting  delayed on the first day of the event and then the elements played their part in proceedings as torrential rain postponed things.

Oscar Pistorius, still looking for a final qualifier in the men’s 400-metres, will have to wait for Thursday’s semi-finals.

The Paralympic legend, bidding for a spot on Team SA at the London Olympics, was second in his heat in 46.32, well outside the A qualifying standard of 45.30.

Pistorius was the fastest SA athlete in the heats with Ofentse Mogawane clocking 46.37  and Willie de Beer 46.80.

And in the 400m hurdles, our LJ van Zyl and Cornel Fredericks will have to wait another day as their heats were also postponed until Thursday.

Sprinter Simon Magakwe, already a multiple qualifier on local turf, still finds the 10.18sec international qualifier on international soil eluding him.

He went through in 10.39 and will have another chance later in the championships.

South Africa’s golden moment of the day came through Burger Lambrechts in the men’s shot as he hurled a 19.51m effort to beat compatriot Orazio Cremona (19.19).

In the women’s competition Tsholofelo Thipe won her 400m heat in 52.05 while Rorisang Ramonnye ran 53.38 and Estie Wittstock 53.58sec.