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- Updated: December 14, 2012
By Gareth Duncan in Lusaka, Zambia
The South African athletics team had a disappointing final day at the Zone VI Games, but were happy to contribute 42 medals.
South Africa won seven medals in the track and field events on Friday, with only two of them being gold.
Men’s discus athlete Johnny Kotze won his event with a throw of 50.2m, while the men’s 4x100m relay team delivered a fantastic comeback performance to win their race.
It was Kotze’s second gold as he also won the men’s shot put on Tuesday.
There were four silver medals won via Mareike Wolhuter (women’s 400m), Valentina da Rocha (women’s triple jump), Ben Rens (men’s 400m) and the women’s 4x400m relay team.
Janet Seeliger, who finished first in the women’s long jump, won the solitary bronze in the 400m.
Team manager Danie Cornelius believes this was still a good effort from this inexperience group.
‘For most of the athletes, this was their first international meeting against some of the best competition in Africa,’ Cornelius told RoadtoRio.co.za. ‘The weather had an effect, especially when the rain fell at different stages of the day.
‘But I think the squad will be happy with 42 medals in the bag. We were the most successful athletics nation at the Zone VI Games.’