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Mulaudzi and Mokganyetsi back on track in South Africa


Mark Ouma for the IAAF

1 March 2002 - Port Elizabeth, South Africa - South Africa’s World Championships 800m finalist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and Olympic 400m finalist Hendrik Mokganyetsi, returned to their winning form at the ABSA Series meeting in Port Elizabeth after injuries had kept them out of actions since last August.

Opening his season in the 1500 metres Mulaudzi, ran shoulder to shoulder with Samuel Mwera (Tanzania) from the start until the last 300 metres of the race.  Stepping up the pace, he went on to win with a career best of 3:41.15. His previous best was 3:45.21. Mwera who was runner up in 3:41.41 also bettered his previous best of 3:44:45 achieved in Cologne, Germany last year.

“This performance has raised my confidence after a series of hamstring injuries in both legs dampened my spirits. Now that I am back on track, I hope to go back to the 800 metres and defend my title at the national championships later this month,” said Mulaudzi, who is also a former Africa Junior 800 metres champions.

Making his move in the last 150 metres Mokganyetsi surged to win the 400metres in a modest 46.03 seconds. However, he had mixed feelings about the race. “I felt a slight pain while warming up, but after message it was fine and I am glad to win. I just hope I remain healthy for the rest of the season, “ said the Olympics 400 metres finalist.

Britain’s Lorraine Shaw resume her dominance of the women’s hammer throw comfortably carrying the day with a 64.53 effort. While Olympic 400 metres finalists Heide Seyerling won the women’s 400 metres in 51.57

The meeting’s most hyped up event, turned up to be an anti-climax as Hendrik Ramaala failed to better his South African 10,000metres record of 27:29.94.  Instead he was way off the mark in a time of 28:02:37.

“I am at a loss of words. The weather was fine The spirit was willing but the body failed me. I guess I had not recovered from the effects of the 10 kilometres road race I won in Puerto Rico last week,. Now I am focusing on the 5000 metres next week in Belville,” said Ramaala.

For the first time in over five years four South Africans completed the 3000metres steeplechase in under 8minutes 50 seconds. Petrus Sithole won the race in 8:36.35. he was followed by Danny Nkwanyana (8:39.60), Alexander Motone (8:45.60) and Joel Kgokong (8:46.27) in that order.

The season high jump sensation Jacques Freitag cleared the bar at 2.30 metres.  While Olympic silver medallists Frantz Kruger stamped his authority in the discus with a throw of 66.72m.

The meeting had a cheerful ending one of the relics when Marcus la Grange, Matthew Quinn, Joseph van der Linde and Paul Gorries set a new South African 4x200 metres record in a time of 1:22:08. Set in 1983 during the discredited apartheid era, the old record stood at 1:22.63.

LEADING RESULTS
Note: All athletes are South African unless where mentioned
NWR: No wind reading
PB: Personal best

MEN

100m A (0.00)

1 Matthew Quin 10.37, 2 Sherwin Vries (Namibia) 10.38, 3 Nnamdi Anusim (Nigeria) 10.49 ,
100m B (0.00)
1 Andrew Kock 10.94, 2 Warren Hartley 11.00, 3 Tihalosang Mapisi (Botswana) 11.03

200m A(+0.1)

1 Marcus la Grange 20.72, 2 Sherwin Vries (Namibia) 20.86, 3 Leigh Julius 20.96, 200m B (NWR) 1 Fawzi Alshemeeri (Kuwait) 20.98, 2 Omannandsing Kowlessur (Mauritius) 21.29, 3 Antoine Rossouw 21.78

400m

1 Hendrik Mokganyetsi 46.03, 2 Innis Viviers 46.19, 3 Fernando Augustin (Mauritius) 46.83,
400m B
1 Dabr Alfulaig (Kuwait) 47.07, Shane Morrison 47.15, 3 Johnson Kubisa (Botswana) 47.17

800m

1 Shaun Abrahams 1:49.37, 2 Ricardo Mentoor 1:49.70, 3 Banolo Maboa 1:49.86

1500m

1 Mbulaeni Mulaudzi  3:41:15 PB, 2 Samuel Mwera (Tanzania) 3:41.41 PB, 3 Johan Cronje 3:42.73

3000m Steeplechase

1 Petrus Sithole 8:36.35, 2 Danny Nkwanyana 8:39.60, 3 Alexander Motone 8:45.60, 4Joel Kgokong 8:46.27

10000m
1 Hendrick Ramaala 28:02.37, 2 Shadrack Hoff 28:23:03, 3 Ian Syster 28:24.61
Long Jump
1 Marcel Seaman 7.18, 2 Khalid Alberkhet (Kuwait) 7.18, 3 Kobus Vosloo 6.91
High Jump
1 Jacques Freitag 2.30, Kabelo Mmo (Botswana) 2.10, 3 Malcolm Hendriks 2.10
Pole Vault
1 Fani Jacobs 5.20, 2 Ali Alsharwab (Kuwait) 4.60, 3 Fahd Almershad (Kuwait) 4.60

Javelin
1 Willie Human 73.87, 2 Kobus Smit 68.80

Discus
1 Frantz Kruger 66.72, 2 Johannes van Wyk 55.26, 3 Wouter Moore 45.53 

Hammer throw
1 Ricard Meiring 64.71, 2 Jacques Keon 62.57, 3 Rudolph Venter 57.02

4x200m relay

1 South Africa 1:22.08 (NAtional record), 2 South Africa B 1:26.17, 3 Botswana

1:26:39

WOMEN

400m

1 Heide Seyerling 51.57, 2 Hortense Bewouda (Cameroon) 53.03, 3 Kerryn van Zyl 53.51

1500m

1 Rene Kalmer 4:12.24, 2 Julia Sakara (Zimbabwe) 4:15.20, 3 Martlene Breytenbach 4:16.19

5000m

1 Charne Rademeyer 16:24:03, 2 Poppy Mlambo 16:41:28, 3 Rika Feuth 16:51:24

Discus

1 Elizna Naude 58.35, 2 Maranelle du Toit 48.85, 3 Mariska van Zyl 46.01

Hammer Throw

1 Lorraine Shaw (England) 64.53, 2 Elmarie Knoetzen 58:17, 3 Suzanne Roberts (England) 55.94