PRETORIA, April 19 — A number of South African athletes have qualified for the World Championships in Beijing later this year, on the final day of the South African Championships in Stellenbosch.
Friday’s gusty winds made way for sunny conditions on the final day of the championship.
400 meter hurdles athletes Wenda Nel and South African record holder LJ van Zyl qualified for the World Champs. Nel coasted to victory with a winning time of 55.28 seconds.
Van Zyl won the men’s race in 49.29 seconds in the absence of the injured Cornel Fredericks.
Javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen also qualified for the athletic show piece. She won the gold medal with a winning distance of 64.14 metres.
Friday’s winners of the 200 meters for women and men Carina Horn and Akani Simbine got the double. Both ran slower times than expected but still managed to win gold over the shorter distance.
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Andre Olivier tore away from the rest of the field on the second lap of the 800 metres for men.
He won the national title in 1:46.02 seconds, just missing out on qualification for the World Champs.
Caster Semenya also won a gold medal in the 800 metres for women. The defending won in 2:05.05seconds, clocking a slower time than in 2014.