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South Africans competing abroad


Ofentse Mogawane

Ofentse Mogawane

With 14 South African athletes participating in 4 different competitions abroad on June 25, it turned out to become a great sporting weekend.  Not only did the 57th Janusz Kusocinski Memorial happen in Poland, but also the Lausitz Meeting in Germany, the Kuortane Games in Finland and the Meeting International Nivelles in Belgium.
Janusz Kusocinski Memorial

The lineup in Poland included 100m Hannes Dreyer, Simon Magakwe and Thuso Mpuang.  Ofentse Mogawane ran in the 400m and Lehann Fourie in the 110m hurdles.

After their performances in the heats, Simon Magakwe and Hannes Dreyer both qualified for the final of the 100m.  Thuso Mpuang failed to proceed to the final with his 10.69sec.

Dreyer and Magakwe finish outside the top 3 in the final.  Dreyer crossed the finish line 4th in 10.31sec, just outside his personal best of 10.27sec set in April in Durban. Magakwe finished 5th.  He ran a 10.18sec in Durban earlier this year, but could not reproduce the same time in this race and had to be satisfied with a 10.38sec finish.

The first 3 across the line was Kim Collins (SKN) followed by Dariusz Kuć (POL) and Marlon Devonish (GBR) with times of 10.20sec and 10.28sec respectively.

In the 400m race Ofentse Mogawane finished 2nd in his race after being beaten by British Robert Tobin, who produced his best performance of the season (45.72sec).  Mogawane finished in 45.78sec followed by Marcin Marciniszyn (POL) in 45.93sec.

Lehann Fourie progressed to the final by winning his heat in 13.83sec in the 110m hurdles.  In what turned out to be a very close performance in the final, Fourie was beaten by Polish athlete Athur Noga who ran a season best and crossed the line first in 13.57sec.  Fourie just missed out on the top spot as he finished the race a mere split second behind Noga in 13.58sec.

Hannes Dreyer, Simon Magakwe, PC Beneke and Thuso Mpuang then combined to run in a relay team and finished 3rd with 39.94sec, behind Poland (Olaf Paruzel, Dariusz Kuć, Robert Kubaczyk and Kamil Kryński) and the Czech Republic (Jan Veleba, Jiří Vojtík, Vojtěch Šulc and Lukáš Milo). The Poles time was 38.84sec while the team from Czech Republic crossed the line in 39.53sec for 2nd place.

Lausitz Meeting in Germany

Cornel Fredericks was the star South African performer at this event where 3 South African athletes participated.

In the 400m hurdles Fredericks finished 2nd after being beaten by Cuban Omar Cisneros.  Cisneros clocked a SB (49.26sec) which was fast enough for first place.  Fredericks outran Aleksandr Derevyagin (RUS) to finish 2nd with his 49.43sec.  Derevyagin finished in 49.95sec.

The only other local athletes to participate in Germany were Dikotsi Lekopa and Dean Brummer in the 3000m steeplechase.  Neither of the athletes could reproduce their best performances of the season.  Brummer finished 14th when he crossed the finish line in 8:55.34, his personal best recorded at 8:35.86 in Durban earlier this year.  Lekopa did not finish.  The first 3 places went to Abel Mutai from Kenya (8:21.02), Ethiopian runner Birham Getahun (8:23.64) and Steffen Uliczka from Germany with 8:26.43.  All 3 athletes improved on their previous performances of the season.

Kuortane Games in Finland

The 400m athlete Shaun de Jager ran the 200m and finished 2nd in his heat.  His 21.72sec was 2nd fastest out of both 200m races.  De Jager was beaten by Johathan Åstrand from Finland with his 20.85sec.  Despite his best performance of the season, Petteri Monni from Finland could not catch up to De Jager and finished in 21.91sec.

In the second race of this event Sibusiso Sishi won 2nd heat with his time of 22.03sec.  His best performance of the year remains at 21.40sec in Stellenbosch in April.

Louw Smit finished his heat (110m hurdles) in 14.31sec, but crossed the line in 14.37sec in the final behind Jaakko Malmivirta (FIN) who narrowly beat him (14.35sec).  Aydar Gilvazov (RUS) was 1st across the line in 14.07sec followed by Antti Korkealaakso (FIN) with 14.12sec and Swedish athlete Robert Kronberg (14.16sec).

Luvo Manyonga started slow with an opening jump of 7.66m followed by 7.93m, a fowl and 7.77m.  After the 4th round Maniyonga found himself in 2nd place and had to deliver a big jump in order to win.  His 5th round effort produced a fowl.  After this Maniyonga’s final leap measured 7.96m, 2cm short of former world championship bronze medalist, Tommi Evila who won the event with his 2nd round effort reaching 7.98m.

Meeting International Nivelles, Belgium

Mandie Brandt and Charlene Potgieter made South Africa proud in Belgium as both of them finished in the top 3 in their events.

Brandt competed in the 800m finishing in 3rd place with her time of 2:06.28, more than 2 seconds off her PB of 2:04.65 run in Stellenbosch in April.  British athlete Claire Gibson ran 2:06.19 to finish 2nd whilst Cherono Koech from Kenya won with her time of 2:04.38.

Only 3 athletes competed in the triple jump.  Charlene Potgieter was up against British athlete Chioma Matthews and Pauliina Rumbin from Finland.  Matthews jumped 12.45m while Rumbin’s best effort reached 11.71m.   Potgieter’s 13.06m was more than enough for the win.

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