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SA’s World Student Games campaign winds down in South Korea

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By Mark Etheridge

The men’s footballers will be South Africa’s last participants at the World Student Games in Gwangju, South Korea on Monday.
They play Ireland in a play-off match for fifth and sixth spot but the team cannot win more than the six they have already accumulated.
Sunday was their most prolific day as they won four bronze medals to go with the gold medals won by Akani Simbine (100-metres) and Justine Palframan (400m) earlier in the competition.
The bronze medals came from the men’s half-marathon squad, Rynardt van Rensburg (800m), Roelf Pienaar (long jump) and a belated result in the 4x100m relay.
Earlier the relay team of, Ncincilili Titi, Gideon Trotter, Eckhardt Rossouw and Simbine had been disqualified as they ended third in 39.68sec behind Japan (39.08) and Poland (39.50) but after an hour of drama organisers reinstated them.
Said United States based Titi: ‘One step was out the lane, but it was no obstruction.
‘The Australians fought hard to disqualify us but we were within the rules and regulations so they had no chance.’
On his competition he said: ‘I came in as a reserve for both 4×100 and 200m so I didn’t train for the meet at all. To my surprise Hendricho Bruintjies pulled out and I was forced to do a whole lot more than I was prepared for but nonetheless, in the relay I just focused on getting a good start and doing as best I can for a smooth handover to Gideon.
‘I almost twisted my ankle real bad coming off the track, closest I’ve come to injury in my two years of track. I keep surviving though,thank God!’
South Africa will end 25th on the medals table with their six medals. That’s down on the last Games in Kazan, Russia where they ended eighth on the table with 14 medals.


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