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6 medals at All Africa so far

Victor Hogan takes Discus silver

Victor Hogan takes Discus silver

South Africa already won 6 medals in athletics at the All Africa Games taking place in Maputo from 11-17 September 2011.  One gold in the women’s javelin throw, 3 silver in the men’s discus throw, shot put and women’s javelin throw and 2 bronze medals in the men’s discus throw and women’s javelin throw.

It was a quiet day for South Africa on the first day of the All Africa Games in Maputo with the biggest event being the discus throw final.  Two athletes, Victor Hogan and Russell Tucker competed there.  Hogan recorded a new personal best as he sent the discus flying to 62.60m at the first attempt.  This was then followed with two fouls, 60.74m and two more fouls.  Despite this, he finished in 2nd place.  Compatriot Russell Tucker took the bronze (55.98m) with his 4th attempt.  The Egyptian Yasser Ibrahim Ferag won the gold with both his 1st and 3rd attempt recorded at 63.20m.

The same Egyptian athlete prevented South Africa claim to victory in the men’s shot put on day two.  Ferag added a second gold medal to his collection as he claimed victory with 19.73m.  The South African athlete Jaco Engelbrecht’s 18.89m attempt earned him the silver while Roelie Potgieter took bronze (18.68m).  Ross Jordaan unfortunately placed just outside medal territory (18.08m).

Two other South Africans who performed well were Justine Robbeson and Gerlize de Klerk in the women’s javelin throw.  Robbeson won the event with her 55.53m attempt while de Klerk finished second with 52.27m.  Lindy Argicole (SEY) came third with 51.26m

Anika Smit competed in the women’s high jump and finished 4th with Basant Aly Ibraim (EGP).  Smit cleared 1.75m, but sustained an injury during the competition.  Doreen Amata (NHR) and her compatriot Osazuwa Uhunoma took gold and silver.  Another South African that competed on day two was Tumelo Thagane in the triple jump.  He had just returned from the World Championships in Daegu where the desired results evaded him.   He finished 5th in windy conditions with a jump of 15.92m.  Tosin Oke (NGR) took gold, his best recorded at 16.65m.

The All Africa Games will end on 17 September.

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