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Personal best for De Swardt in Rhede

Jacques De Swardt

Jacques De Swardt

Friday, 8 June 2012 – Jacques de Swardt clocked a new personal best of 46.06sec in the men’s 400m in Rhede, Germany on 7 June, finishing second.  His previous best (46.08sec) was set up in Germiston on 10 April 2010.

The 19 year-old Tukkie finished the race behind Isaac Makwala, a 2011 All Africa Games finalist. Makwala clocked 45.89sec. Ofentse Mogawane finished 3rd after crossing the line in 46.06sec.  In another 400m race, Shaun de Jager and Willem de Beer finished first and second in 46.01sec and 46.08sec respectively.

Zarck Visser won the men’s long jump with a best attempt of 8.12m.  “I am a bit sad because I missed the 8.20m qualifying mark again, but I am happy with my performance because I know that I gave it everything I had,” said Visser after the meeting speaking from Germany.  Yun Zhiming from China finished second (8.09m) while Alyn Camara’s (GER) 7.92m was good enough for the third.

Estie Wittstock clocked 52.71sec, finishing second in the women’s 400m behind Esther Cremer of Germany.  Cremer won in 52.13sec.  Another South African, Rorisang Rammonye just missed out on third place after Madiea Ghafoor (NED) edged her by 2/100th.  Ghafoor was timed at 53.35sec with Rammonye crossing the line in 53.37sec

Thuso Mpuang and Lebogang Moeng both finished in the top three in the men’s 100m after Yateya Kambepera (BOT) won in 10.47sec. Mpuang was second in 10.52sec with Moeng third in 10.65sec.

Mpuang also won his 200m race in 20.78sec with Moeng fifth in 21.32sec.  In another race, Willem de Beer clocked 21.43sec for a first place finish.

Charlene Potgieter finished third in the women’s triple jump after her best effort was measured at 13.62sec.  Katja Demut (GER) won with 13.84m followed by Li Yanmei (CHN) with 13.80m.

There was a bit of a surprise in the women’s long jump with Lynique Prinsloo  the best amongst the South African women, finishing third with a jump of 6.33m.  Monja Goosen jumped a personal best of 6.22m to finish sixth, while the SA Champion Janice Josephs, had to be satisfied with a seventh place finish (6.19m) ahead of Carla Marais (6.13m).  World Championships long jump finalist Mayookha Johny (IND) won with her best performance of the season (6.60m) while German athlete Sophie Krauel was second with 6.37m, also her best this season.

Samsung Diamond League Bislett Games

Lehann Fourie won the 110m hurdles national event at the Samsung Diamond League Bislett Games last night in 13.69sec ahead of Adrien Deghelt from Belgium and Norwegian Vladimir Vukicevic.  Fourie is however not satisfied with his performance.  “I hit just about every single hurdle, so my time was very slow,” said Fourie who was originally aiming for the 13.52sec Olympic qualifying mark.  “My sore leg does not have a lot of power so I will now take the pressure of a qualifier off myself and just focus on my technique.” The 25 year-old will compete in Prague on Monday and will take some time off in order to be rested for the meet. Deghelt clocked 13.73sec for the second position with Vukicevic crossing the line in 13.88sec.

Elroy Gelant finished 18th in the men’s 5000m in 13:32.21.  The 5000m World Champion bronze medallist Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH) won the race in 12:58.92, his best performance of the season.  Countrymen Hagos Gebrhiwet and Imane Merga rounding out the top 3 in 12:58.99 (personal best) and 12:59.77 respectively.

Simon Magakwe finished 5th in 10.30sec in the men’s 100m with Jamaican Usain Bolt winning the race in a new meeting record time of 9.79sec.  Compatriot Asafa Powell and Lerone Clarke took were second and third respectively, clocking 9.85sec and 10.10sec respectively.

In the men’s 400m hurdles Cornel Fredericks was timed at 49.16sec, finishing fifth, behind World Champion David Greene (48.98sec).  The World Championships silver medallist Javier Culson (PUR) won the race in a world leading time of 47.92sec with Jehue Gordon (TRI) second, clocking 48.78sec.  Justin Gaymon (USA) crossed the line third, his time 48.97sec.

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