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Simbine, Palframan lead the way for SA athletes in Korea
- Updated: July 8, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Akani Simbine and Justine Palframan led from the front as the track and field programme started at the World Student Games in Gwangju, South Korea on Wednesday.
Simbine, who saw his national 100-metre record of 9.99 seconds eclipsed by Henricho Bruintjies’ 9.97 in Switzerland on Sunday, won the first heat of the men’s 100m in a time of 10.23 to qualify for the next round.
There was also an SA win in the ninth and final heat as Gideon Trotter won in 10.42. Those times saw the South African’s going through as second and ninth fastest respectively behind America’s Ronald Baker (10.18).
There was no Bruintjies in action on Wednesday, now back in South Africa, the official reason being that he has a slight gluteal injury, and he is also believed to be mentally exhausted after all the attention his great run of form has heaped on him.
Pictured above with Simbine in Korea, Palframan, joint national 200/400m champion won the first heat of the one-lap event with a time of 53.61 which saw her go through as fifth fastest qualifier behind China’s Huizhen Yang’s 53.09.
The men’s 400m saw two South Africans progressing, Pieter Conradie’s 46.92 was joint fourth fastest qualifier and Jon Seeliger was 20th quickest with a 47.89. Dominican Republic’s Rosario Cuesta was quickest with a 46.45.
One-lap hurdles action saw two SA runners going through, Lindsay Hannekom’s 51.19 ninth fastest and Le Roux Hamman’s 51.55 16th best of six heats. South Africa’s Alwyn Myburgh still holds the university record in this discipline with his 48.09 run in Beijing, China 14 years ago.
In the women’s hurdles, Anneri Ebersohn falling short in qualifying, her 57.91sec ninth fastest as she missed out by just 0.09sec.
Field events saw Chad Herman in the javelin with a heave of 69.03m in his group B but that wasn’t enough to see him progress to the next round.
SA had two entrants in the triple jump and a season’s best 16.13m by Rudolph Pienaar with his third attempt made him fifth best qualifier behind Russia’s Dmitrii Sorokin who jumped 16.74. In the same discipline, Reinelwe Aphane’s 15.27 wasn’t enough to see him go through.
Decathlon action saw Commonwealth Games competitor Fredriech Pretorius lying 10th overall after three events with 2230 points. An 11.28sec effort in the 100m was followed by a 6.83m in the long jump and 12.84m in the shot put. Overall leader after three disciplines was France’s Jeremy Lelievre (2511).
The team’s two women long jumpers failed to go through, with Zinzi Chabangu’s 5.87m and Patience Tshingila’s 5.45 only 17th and 25th best respectively.
In the pool four swimmers have splashed through to the evening’s semi-finals. Jessica Ashley-Cooper was seventh fastest for the 50m backstroke (28.85), Marko Visser is ranked eighth in the 50m breaststroke (27.94), Nico Mayer is through as 12th fastest in the 100m butterfly (53.49) while 2014 African Youth Games star Martin Binedell is seeded 12th in the 200m backstroke (2:01.64).
Meanwile the women’s footballers went down 3-0 to Chinese Taipei in their ninth-16th place play-off at the Naju Public Stadium.
Down 2-0 at the break after two quick goals in the 30 and 33rd minutes, the SA women’s fate was sealed by a Yi-Ping Chen goal four minutes from time.
The South Africans had more than 50% possession and more attempts on goal but, again, failed to find the net.