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South Africa bagged two gold medals in the late afternoon/early evening session to end off the first day of the African Senior Championships in Durban in fine style. Stephen Mokoka, the South African 10km record holder, ran a tactically perfect race to win the men’s 10000m final in 28min02sec whilst Jaco Engelbrecht secured the top spot in the men’s Shot-Put with a final put of 20.00m!

The electrifying atmosphere and cheering that ensured Stephen Mokoka win the men’s 10000m was also evident in the 100m races which led to four South Africans qualifying for the 100m finals on day two of the championship. Both Akani Simbine and Thando Roto finished second in their semi-final races to book their spots in tomorrow finals, whereas Carina Horn won her semi-final in a lighting quick time of 11.14sec and Tebogo Mamatu edges her way into the final as the fastest loser. Horn’s 11.14sec attempt is the second fastest behind the in-form Ivorian Murielle Ahoure’s 11.09sec feat.

Pieter Conradie, Thapelo Phora, Shaun de Jager and Jeanelle Griesel cruised through to tomorrow’s 400m semi-finals as they saw their counterpart Zoe Engler being eliminated in the first round of the competition. Maryke Brits, Taylon Bieldt and Claudia Heunis also earned their spots in the women’s 100mh final, almost ensuring a podium position for the nation.

The ‘gees’ amongst the athletes is contagious and having the school kids filling up the Kings Park Athletics stadium  provides an electrifying atmosphere that athletics has longed for! We look forward to the remainder of the CAA 20th Senior African Championships.