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Rynardt through to 800m semis at World Student Games

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By Mark Etheridge

Morning action at the World Student Games in Gwangju, South Korea saw athlete Rynardt van Rensburg go through to the next round of the men’s 800-metres as he ended second in the third of six heats.
He clocked 1min 50.79sec as Morocco’s Abdelate El Guesse won in 1:48.57, the days’ fastest time. Van Rensburg, pictured above in the main stadium, ran a 1:45.40sec personal best in Slovenia recently, and was ninth fastest qualifier on Friday.
The Kovsies student will run the semi on Saturday. ‘I felt a bit tame, it’s very warm and humid here, especially today. But everything else was fine. I left that guy in the heat cause top three were automatic qualifiers. And there are semis tomorrow and then Sunday’s final so I wanted to use as little as possible.
‘Luckily semis are at 5:30pm tomorrow. There are three semis, first two in each go through plus the two fastest losers. Semis are really tough here that’s where most of our athletes fall out.’
In the triple jump Patience Ntshingila failed to progress out of the qualifying rounds when her 12.82m was last of eight Group B competitors.
Swimming action saw the SA women’s 4x100m medley relay side ending fifth in their heat with a time of 4:13.11, 11th fastest of all the heats and not quick enough to make the top eight sides through to the  next round.
But the men’s 4x100m medley squad ended second in their heat, clocking 3:41.17 which was seventh fastest and put them through to the final and at least a shot at a medal in Friday night’s final, the last swimming event of the evening at the Nambu University Aquatics Centre.
That’s the only event of the evening with SA representation.
Meanwhile in third round golfing action at the Gold Lake Club, Andrew van der Knaap’s 73 was best of the South Africans. That saw him with a total of 227, 24 shots off the pace set by Thailand’s Natipong Srithong, the man who has made the pace all tournament.
Best of the three South Africans is Teaghan Gauche on 222 while Jason Smith is on 226.
In soccer this weekend, the SA men’s side will take on Uruguay in the battle for fifth-eighth place after being knocked out by another South American side, Brazil in the quarter-finals, while the women’s side will take on Ireland in a 13-14th place classification match on Sunday.


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