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Van Rensburg and relay men into finals in Korea
- Updated: July 11, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
There was more good news for South African sport at the World Student Games in Gwangju, South Korea on Saturday.
Hard on the heels of athletics gold medals from Akani Simbine and Justine Palframan in the 100 and 400-metres respectively, both SA relay teams have gone through to the finals as has 800m specialist Rynardt van Rensburg.
Van Rensburg won his heat, the last of three, in 1min 47.95sec to make Sunday’s finals as the fastest qualifier.
‘Felt a lot better than yesterday,’ the Free State athlete told Road to Rio 2016. ‘I’m positive about that final. Don’t have an exact plan but will take the race as it comes and just make sure that I’m in the top three at all times.’
On to the relay events and the 4x100m relay team were sixth fastest into the finals.
United States based Ncincililil Titi, Gideon Trotter, Simbin and Eckhardt Rossouw clocked 39.44sec to make Sunday’s final as sixth fastest quartet behind Japan (38.93).
And it gets more exciting in the 4x400m where Pieter Conradie, Lindsay Hanekom, Jon Seeliger and Shaun de Jager combined for a 3:04.79. That means they were fastest into the final, ahead of Japan (3:04.83) and host nation South Korea (3:06.30).
The girls 4×100 faltered with a handover mishap between Bevin Smith and Melissa Hewitt (the other two runners were Arlene Gower and Samantha Pretorius) and failed to finish.
Also into a final is Roelf Pienaar who leapt to the sixth best distance in long jmp qualifying (7.67m) and is into the final.
On the football front the men’s footballers overcame Uruguay 2-1 with goals from Jeremiah Nkwana and Sifiso Nkosi and they will now take on Ireland in the 5-8th place play-off on Monday.
Earlier in the week they had lost 2-1 to Brazil in the quarter-finals.
And golfing action saw Andrew van der Knaap card a final-round 69 to finish in a tie for 23rd place on eight over par. Jason Smith ended one stroke behind Van der Knaap, after four rounds of competition, with early front-runner for the South Africans, Teaghan Gauche a further shot off the pace.
The SA trio’s combined score saw them fourth best on the day and taking ninth in the team competition, 27 shots behind overall winners Japan.