World Championships London 2017 – Day 1 Team SA Report
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What an exciting Day 1 of competition which has set the tone for the rest of the World Championships.
Team South Africa had 3 men in the Long Jump qualification rounds and there was mixed emotions as 2 of the 3 athletes made it to the final tomorrow. Luvo Manyonga jumped a comfortable 8.12m on his opening jump, qualifying for the Long Jump final after passing the automatic qualifying mark of 8.05m. Ruswahl Samaai also followed Manyonga going over the automatic qualifying mark with a leap of 8.14m. Zarck Visser unfortunately failed to meet the standard with a jump of 7.66m falling short of the cut to the final but we have two SA Jumpers going through to the final tomorrow!
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Caster Semenya was next on the track in the 1500m and as unusual as it was to see Semenya competing in the 1500m at the global stage, she looked very comfortable in her heat against world record holder Ginzebe Dibaba who won the heat in 4:02.67 with Caster Semenya 2nd in 4:02.84 SB. Semenya and Dibaba clocked the fastest qualifying times to the semi-finals.
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The 100m was a nerve wrecking event for team SA. Thando Roto had a heart-breaking false start in his heat at his debut at the World Championships and one can’t help but feel for him as Justin Gatlin went to win his very heat in 10.05 which is within reach for Thando. To add to this Akani Simbine finished 4th in his heat in a time of 10.15 missing out on the automatic qualification top 3 spots. Simbine’s heat was won by a Jamaican not familiar to many by the name of Julian Forte with the fastest time of all the heats in 9.99 PB. We had to anxiously wait for all the heats to compare times but fortunately it was good enough to qualify for the semi-finals tomorrow evening. Usain Bolt cruised to a win in heat 6 with a time of 10.07 to make it through to the semi-finals.
 
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Victor Hogan stepped out for the qualification rounds in the Javelin Victor and fell short of qualifying to the final with a distance of 62.26m finishing in 18th position. The leading distance was thrown by David Stahl in 67.64m for automatic qualification to the final.
The climax of Day 1 came when British Legend Mo’ Farah ran in the 10 000m (which is said to be his final 10 000m) and took the Gold medal for Great Brittain in a World Lead time of 26:59.51 ahead of Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei from Uganda 2nd in 26:49.94 PB and Paul Kipngetich 3rd in 26:50.60 SB. It was the first final of the Championships and it was nothing short of exciting Stephen Mokoka finishing 20th in 28:14.67 SB.
That’s how Day 1 ended but Day 2 promises to be more exciting with a morning and afternoon session on the program.
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Written by Black Legend