29 May – Ofentse Mogawane, Hannes Dreyer and Mapaseka Makhanya dominated their respective races in perfect weather conditions at the Pfingstsportfest in Rehlingen, Germany yesterday.
Hannes Dreyer comfortably went through to the final in the men’s 100m after winning his heat in 10.41sec. He then won the race in 10.34sec ahead of Ronalds Arajs (LAT) and Luke Fagan (GBR) who clocked 10.41sec and 10.45sec respectively.
The men’s 400m saw Ofentse Mogawane winning in 45.80sec, his second fastest time of the season (he ran 45.54sec at the SA Open Championships in Pretoria on 5 May). The 30-year-old needs to clock 45.30sec in order to reach the A-qualifying standard and will get another opportunity when he runs in the Meeting de Marseille in France on Thursday, 31 May. Great Britain’s Richard Buck had the second fastest time with 45.92sec while Edino Steel of Jamaica finished third in 45.96sec.
Johan Cronje ran 3:37.07 in the men’s 1500m after reaching the A-standard for the first time on Friday, 25 May in Dessau. Cronje crossed the line fourth behind two Kenyans and an Ethiopian. Cornelius Kipruto Kangogo won in 3:35.72 with compatriot Benson Seurei second in 3:36.06. Fida Soresa Jana finished ahead of Cronje in 3:36.41.
27-year-old women’s 1500m SA Champion Mapaseka Makhanya beat Elina Sujew and Annett Horna (both from Germany), winning the race in 4:12.01. Sujew crossed the line in 4:12.89 with Horna finishing in 4:16.71.
Wenda Theron is looking for another Olympic qualifier but just missed out in Rehlingen on 28 May after achieving the A-standard twice in the women’s 400m hurdles at the SA Open Championships earlier this month. She finished fourth in Rehlingen, clocking 56.29sec. Sharolyn Scott (CRC) and Sarah Wells (CAN) both clocked 56.19sec while Tina Matusinska (POL) came third in 56.20sec. Theron’s next race is on 3 June in Switzerland.
Estie Wittstock finished fifth in the women’s 400m in 52.77sec. The winning time was 51.76sec.