PB for Burger Lambrechts in Pretoria
Mark Ouma for IAAF
28 January 2000 Pretoria - Shot putter Burger Lambrechts (South Africa) and Nigerian sprinter Nnamdi Anusim were in a rich vein of form as they won their events at the ABSA series meeting at Pilditch Stadium, in South Africa.
Lambrechts broke new ground when he heaved the implement to a career best of 20.55 metres. Compatriots Karel Potgieter (19.23) and Roelie Potgieter (17.13) took the minor positions.
The soft spoken Lambrechts improved on his previous best of 20.29 which he has achieved on two ocassions. First was during the 1998 IAAF World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa. He equalled this distance at the first ABSA series meeting last weekend in Phokeng.
"My aim was to set a South African record. Although l missed it by five small centimetres, l am not to disappointed as l have improved my personal best," said Lambrechts. The South Africa record of 20.60 m was set by Jan Pienaar in 1990.
"I attribute my form to the nice preparations l have had in the last few months since the All Africa Games last September. I have had no injuries or illness. I am strong and l am in good shape.
"This is going to be a long season and l plan to maintain my form and achieve two goals. First, l want to be competitive at the Sydney Olympics. With this distance l can make it to the top five. So if l can improve a little more then l could win a medal. After the Olympics , l hope to qualify to compete in the IAAF Grand Prix Final, " said Lambrechts.
Nigerias Anusim emerged from the shadows to stake his desire to compete against the elite. Drawn in the 100m B race, Anusim clocked 10.29 seconds to finish ahead of South Africans Josef van der Linde and Igor Ivanov who clocked 10.66 and 10.81 respectively.
Anisims winning time was identical with South Africas Matthew Quinn who won the A race. Thus there was a tie for first place.What makes the Nigerians performance even more outstanding, was that although he lacked the stiff competition necessary to clock a fast time, he was mere 0.02 second shy of the 10.27 seconds 100 metres qualifying time for the Sydney Olympics.
"I am sure l would have qualified for the Olympics if l had been given the chance to compete in the Arace. Now that l have proved to th organisers that l am fit , l hope the organisers will give me a lane in the A race in Bloemfontein," said Anusim.
His next competition will be in Bloemfontein next Friday (February 4). Anusim has set a clerar goal for himself. "My target is to hit the 100m qualifying time at the next ABSA meeting in Bloemfontein.
"My aim is to be part of the Nigerian team to the Olympics. I am confident that if l make the team l will run very well in Sydney. My overall goal this year is not only to improve my personal best of 10.17, but to run a sub 10 seconds," said Anisum.
Italys Mara Rosolen won the womens shot put in 17.21m while Olga Kotlyarova maintained her dominance of the 400m clocking 51.26. Alesando Tammert (Estonia) won the mens discus in 63.62m.
South Africas Hendrik Mokhanyetsi continued to dominate the 400m with an impressive 45.45 seconds victory. He was followed by Marcus la Grange (45.60) who clocked the first sub 46 second of his career. World Student Games bronze medallist Jopie van Oudtshoorn was third in 46.13.
1997 world championship silver medallist Llewellyn Herbert made a sound start to the season winninhn the 400m hurdles in 49.14 seconds. Runner up Hennie Botha improvd his career best from 0.30 seconds to 49.57. Russian Vladislav Shiriaev was third in 49.66.
Note all Athletes are South Africans unless where mentioned.
100m A (wind reading +0.9):1 Matthew Quinn 10.29, 2 Watson
Nyambek (Malaysia) 10.43, 3 Andrey Federiv (Russia)10.44, 4 Lee-Roy Newton 10.44, Morne
100m B (+1.6): 1 Nnamdi Anusim (Nigeria) 10.29, 2 Josep van der Linde 10.66;
200m: (+0.2) 1 Paul Gorries 20.71, 2 Andrey Federiv (Russia) 21.11, 3 Gary Ryan (Ireland) 21.30;
400m A (no wind reading): 1 Hendrik Mokhanyetsi 45.45, 2 Marcus la Grange 45.60, 3 Jopie van Oudtshoorn 46.13;
400m B (NWR): 1 Louis Malherbe 46.33, 2 Tomas Coman (Ireland) 46.57, 3 Loid Kgopong 46.71;
110m Hurdles: (wind +0.3) 1Igor Kovac (Slovakia) 13.81, 2 Paul Delicado 14.47, 3 Grant Pedro 14.49;
400m Hurdles (NWR): 1Llewellyn Herbert 49.14, 2 Hennie Botha 49.57, 3 Vladislav Shiriaev (Russia) 49.66;
800m: 1 Isaiah Nkuna 1:49.07, 2 Mandla Nkosi 1:49.32, 3 Joseph Mutua (Kenya)
3000m: 1 Robert Mudogo (Kenya) 8:07.01, 2 Whaddon Niewoudt 8:08.36, 3 Francois van Rensburg 8:09.32 3000m walk: 1
Dennis Trauman (Germany) 11.42.5, 2 Mike Trauman (Germany) 11.46.2, 3 M Berger (Germany) 12:18.8;
Long Jump: (+1.0)1 Martin McClintock 7.59, (-0.0) 2 Felix Coetzee 7.47, 3 (-0.0) Charles Strohmennger 7.25;
High Jump: 1 Jacques Freitag 2.20, 2 Jaco Joubert 2.15, 3 Malcolm Hendricks 2.10;
Pole Vault: 1 Lauren Loojie (Holland) 5.30, 2 Fanie Jacobs 4.80, 3 Riaan Oberholzer 4.80;
Shot Put: 1 Burger Lambrechts 20.55, 2 Karel Potgieter 19.23, 3 Roelie Potgieter 19.13;
Discus: 1 Alesando Tammert (Estonia) 63.62, 2 Frantz Kruger 62.83, 3 Alexander Borischerski (Russia) 62.33;
4x100m Relay (NWR): 1 South Africa A 39.64, 2 International Select 40.01, 3 Ireland 40.90;
4x400m relay (NWR): 1 South Africa A 3:05.70, 2 South Africa B 3:12 61, 3 Ireland 3:13.04;
100m (+0.7): 1 Wendy Hartman 11.39, 2 Dikeledi Moropane
11.61, 3 Susanna Holtzhausen 11.67;
200m (-0.7): 1 Wendy Hartman 23.53, 2 Ciara Sheey (Ireland) 23.64, 3 Leanie van der Walt 23.98;
400m: (NWR) 1 Olga Kotlyarova (Russia) 51.26, 2 Heide Seyerling 51.53, 3 Susanna Holtzhausen 51.59;
100m Hurdles(NWR): 1 Liezel Heyneke 14.00, 2 Merize Theron 14.17, 3 Lana van Heerden 14.38;
400m Hurdles (NWR): 1 Surita Febbraio 55.38, 2 Judit Szekeres (Hungary) 55.96, 3 Yulia Nosova (Russia) 56.04;
800m: 1 Lwiza John (Tanzania) 2:06.14; 2 Julia Sakara (Zimbabwe) 2:07.57; 3 Zelda de Villiers 2:09.70;
3000m: Carlien Cornellissen 9:16.95, 2 Ronel Thomas 9:29.58, 3 Louise Leballo 9:31.95;
3000m walk: 1 Melanie Seeger (Germany) 13:35.0, 2 Susan Vermeulen 14:37.0, 3 Daleen Enslin 15:40.2;
Long Jump (NWR): 1 Ria Fourie 6.40, 2 Delia Visser 6.20, 3 Liezel Heyneke 6.16;
Pole Vault: 1 Chrisna Oosthuizen 3.50, 2 Ida-Marie Ehler 3.40, 3 Adelle Steyn 3.40 Javelin: Rhona Dwinger 48:83;
Discus: 1 Elizna Naude 54.86, 2 Lezelle Duvenage 51.16, 3 Nkiru Ojiego (Nigeria) 49.16;
Shot Put: 1 Mara Rosolen (Italy) 17.21, 2 Veronica Abrahamse 16.36, 3 Maranelle du Toit 15.95;