I am a bit curious. I keenly follow the achievements of our local track athletes, and in my opinion we are not fielding, for example, the best men's 4 x 400m relay team. Of late Ofentse did not even reach the final of the African Champs in the straight 400m. On Wednesday July 18th be ran a meagre 47.39sec. Two weeks prior to that he also ran a 47 sec 400m. He is most definitely not on form. LJ van Zyl, who is also in the 4 x 400m team, managed to only achieve 46.5 seconds in the straight 400m. I was quite surprised to see that the 19 year old Jacques de Swardt was not selected into the 4 x 400m team. On your website you indicated that Jacques, about a month back, ran a PB of 46.06 secs in the 400m and also a PB of 33.14 secs in the 300m in Europe. In the 400m race where De Swardt ran his PB he actually managed to beat Ofentse. De Swardt consistantly ran low 46's in Europe according to your website. For starters I think De Swardt's consistent good times were good enough to earn him a spot in the team and the exposure for him would have been excellent prepping for the 2016 Olympics.
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Cornel wins in Cork
- Updated: July 18, 2012
National 400-metre hurdle champion Cornel Fredericks was named Athlete of the Meeting at the 61st Cork City Sports athletics meeting in Ireland on Wednesday evening.
In his last race before the Olympic Games, Fredericks beat Jamaican national champion Leford Green in cool and windy conditions in the men’s hurdles. The 22-year-old, training out of his French base in recent months, crossed the line in 49.00 seconds with Green just behind him, in 49.10sec. Josef Robertson (Jam) finished third in 50.18sec
Ofentse Mogawane, who has been selected in the 4x400m relay team for the Olympic Games, competed in his first 200m race of the season where he finished second in the B-race, clocking 21.98sec. Mogawane finished behind Ireland’s David Hynes (21.43sec). In the men’s 400m, Mogawane finished eighth in his race, in 47.39sec. The winning time was 45.30sec by Rabah Yousif from Sudan.
South Africa’s Juan van Deventer, 2008 Olympic 1500m finalist, finished 10th in the men’s 3000m race, crossing the line in 8:12.85. Australia’s Collis Birmingham won the race in 7:55.31.
SA long jump Champion Zarck Visser ended fourth with a best of 7.50m in the opening round of the men’s long jump. Povilas Mykolaitis (LTU) won with 7.80m followed by Yohei Sugai (JPN) and Matthew Burton (GBR). Sugai’s best was measured at 7.64m while Burton’s 7.62m placed in the top 3. Conditions were not ideal with the wind in the long jump reaching speeds of up to 2.9m/sec from behind.
Can anyone please explain why current form is not taken into consideration with the relay team.They are our medal hope. I see 47.3 and the person is included in the relay team,he also ran several 47's before that? There is lots of other choises like the young de Swart kid who in my opinion ,must have been 3rd in line for that team,or even a strong substitute.Nor is he chosen for the relay. What will happen with no reserves if something happen the team will get a DNS? Can the selctors please explain the concern? I am fully behind team SA! And hope they make us proud,but with decisions like this it raises a huge concern.