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Palframan grabs SA’s second gold at World Student Games
- Updated: July 10, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Athlete Justine Palframan powered her way to South Africa’s second gold medal of the World Student Games in Gwangju, South Korea on Friday.
The 21-year-old KwaZulu-Natal athlete, now studying at Stellenbosch University where she’s coached by Mohamed Ally, was untouchable in the women’s 400-metre final as she won in a personal best 51.27 seconds to win by a huge margin of 0.66sec from Poland’s Malgorzata Holub, who ran her season’s best 51.93.
Third went to China’s Huizhen Yang in yet another personal best 51.98.
Starting in lane five Palframan was never headed as she powered her way into the first bend before maintaining the gap and going on to extend it down the final straight.
Her previous best was the 51.78 she ran to win the national title on her home track in Stellenbosch earlier this year. She also won the 200m title at the same championships.
Earlier, fellow sprinter Ncincilili Titi failed to medal in the 200m final. Going into the final with a 20.73 from the semi-final, he improved his time to a season’s best 20.68 but that was only good for fourth spot…0.07 off a podium place.
Akani Simbine won South Africa’s first medal on Thursday when he won gold in the men’s 100m with a national record-equalling 9.97sec.
In other evening action Dumisane Hlaselo, one of the favourites for gold in the men’s 1500, did all the hard work before being blown away in the last lap by Russia’s Aleksei Kharitinov.
Twenty-six-year-old Hlaselo took the field through the first 400m in 58.18 and through 800m in 1:58.16. He heard the bell at 2:42 but then got bumped with just over 300m to go and seemed to lose his rhythm.
It was nothing but backwards from that point onwards as he was passed time and again and ended up only being seventh in 3:39.13. Kharitinov won in a personal best 3:39.13 meaning Russian athletes have won the 1500m at the last three World Student Games.