Monday, 9 June 2012 – Thuso Mpuang competed in the men’s 200m at the KBC-Nacht of Athletics in Heusden, Belgium on Saturday, 7 July and finished third.
Deji Tobais (GBR) won the race in a personal best time of 20.61sec with Kind Butler (USA) crossing the line in 20.74sec just ahead of Mpuang. Mpuang clocked 20.98sec.
Oscar Pistorius who will represent South Africa at the London Olympics, clocked 46.28sec for a fourth place finish. Jonathan Borlee, a 4 x 400 m World Indoor Silver Medallist 2010 and 4 x 400 m European Champion, won the race in 44.91sec with Manteo Mitchell, a 4x400m World Indoor Champion, crossing the line in 45.75sec. Joel Millburn clocked 46.16sec. Jacques de Swardt finished fifth behind Pistorius in 46.47sec.
At the same meeting Rikenette Steenkamp competed in her first 100m hurdles event of the season and finished sixth in 13.82sec. The race was won by Anne Zagré (BEL) in 12.92sec.
Ofentse Mogawane and SA Long Jump champion Zarck Visser competed at the Meeting de Nancy in Tomblaine, France. Mogawane, also representing South Africa in the 4x400m relay team at the London Olympics, clocked 47.38sec and finished seventh. The winning time was 45.49sec by Great Britain’s Tabarie Henry.
In a men’s long jump competition, with the winning distance measured at 7.96m, Zarck Visser’s best jump was good enough for fourth (7.73m). Pavel Shalin (RUS) won followed by Nicolas Gomont (FRA) with 7.91m. The 2010 World Indoor Champion Fabrice Lapierre (AUS) came third; his best attempt measured 7.86m.
Khotso Mokoena also competed in the men’s long jump at the 30th Meeting de Atletismo in Madrid, Spain. The competition was dominated by strong wind with tailwinds of up to 5.6m/sec recorded in the men’s long jump. Mokoena finished sixth overall after his best was measured at 7.99m (backwind of 4.9m/sec). Australia’s Mitchell Watt, the long jump World Championships silver medallist, won with an attempt of 8.26m (3.7m/sec) followed by Christopher Tomlinson (GBR) in 8.06m.