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South African sprint record sets Engen series off to a flying start

South African sprint record sets Engen series off to a flying start
Mark Ouma for the IAAF
April 6 2002 - Ekurhuleni, South Africa - The vastly improved Morne Nagel set a South African 200m metres record, while hurdlers Stanislav Olijar (Latvia) and Llewellyn Herbert stamped their authority at the first of three Engen Summer Series Track and Field meetings staged at the Herman Immelmann Stadium in Ehurhuleni on Friday night.

The late arrival of World Indoor champion Shaun Crawford (USA) propelled Nagel to new heights of excellence in the 200 metres. Making an aggressive start, Nagel took a three metre lead coming into the home straight, and held off a fierce challenge from Crawford to win the 200 metres in 20.11 seconds.

Riaan Dempers set the previous record of 20.16 at the same venue almost exactly seven years ago. While Nagel has massively improved his career best from 20.59, run in Pretoria last year.

“When l saw Shaun in the line up I knew this was the day I will run pretty fast. He has a tremendous acceleration on the home straight, so l went out hard to build a gap. Over the last three weeks, I have trained pretty well in Pretoria, where I have gained some useful tips from Frank Fredericks (Namibia),” said Nagel.

“Next week, I will be going out with the aim of setting the 100 metres record, he declared. Johan Rossouw set the record of 10.06 in Johannesburg in 1988. With a career best of 10.15 Nagel is the country’s fifth fastest sprinter over the distance.

Running in separate heats, Sherwin Vries (Namibia) and Julius Leigh each overcame four false starts to achieve career bests in the 100m. Vries bettered his career best by 0.03 to 10.24.

“If it where not for the loss of concentration resulting from all these false starts, I would have run at least 10.1. Next week things will be better” said Vries.

Julius erased Christaan Krone’s South African under-18 record of 10.43 with a 10.37 effort Although he was placed fifth, Julius bettered his personal best in 200m by 0.01 to 20.87. “Next time, I hope to compete against the big boys. They do not intimidated me,” said Julius.

Surging in the closing 130 metres of the race, Olympics bronze medallist Llewellyn Herbert breezed past World Student Games champion Alwyn Myburgh to win the 400 metres hurdles. Herbert clocked 48.03 to Myburgh’s 48.53.

The Czech Republic’s Miroslav Guzdek prevailed in the men’s javelin, as did Olympic silver medallist Frantz Kruger (65.51) in the discus.

Tatyana Terescuk (Ukraine) came for behind in the last 40 metres of the women’s 400m hurdles to edge South Africa’s Surita Febbraio. Terescuk clocked 54.28 to Febbraio’s 54.45. In a similar fashion Hungarian Judit Varga (2:02.75) edged Namibia’s Agnes Samaria (2:02.91)in the 800m. Hungary’s Kristina Molnar won the women’s pole vault clearing a height of 4.36m.

LEADING RESULTS
Note - all athletes are South Africans unless otherwise mentioned

MEN
100m A (+0.8)
1 Sherwin Vries (Namibia) 10.24, 2 Stephan Buckland (Mauritius) 10.25, 3 Matthew Quinn  10.30, 4 Marcus Brunson (USA) 10.33
100m B (+0.4)
1 Leigh Julius 10.37 (South Africa Under-18 record), 2 Corne du Plessis 10.50, 3 Paul Brizzel (Ireland) 10.59
200m (-0.8)
1 Morne Nagel 20.11 (South Africa record), 2 Shawn Crawford (USA) 20.27, 3 Oumar Loum (Senegal) 20.54
400m A
1 Marcus La Grange 45.20, 2 Arnaud Malherbe 45.57, 3 Eric Milazar 45.81, 4 California Molefe (Botswana) 46.25
400m B
1 Jopie van Oudtshoorn 46.05, 2 Rob Daly (Ireland) 46.24, 3 Johnson Kubisa (Botswana) 46.58, 4 Oganeditse Moseki 47.01
110m Hurdles(+1.0)
1 Stanislav Olijar (Latvia) 13.30, 2 Shaun Bownes 13.37, 3 Dominique Arnold (USA) 13.70, 4 Berloiz Randriamihaja (Madagascar) 13.76
400m Hurdles A
Llewellyn Herbert 48.03, 2 Alwyn Myburgh 48.53, 3 Willie Smith (Namibia) 49.05, 4 Martin Willemse 49.36, 5 James Carter 49.39, Ockert Cilliers 49.42, 7 Ter de Villiers 49.74
400m Hurdles B
1 Pieter Koekemoer 50.14, 2 Marus Kritzinger 50.60, 3 Francois Malan 52.60
800m A
1 Mbulaeni Mulaudzi 1:47.00, 2 Shaun Abrahams 1:47.87, 3 David Lelei (Kenya) 1:48.17
800m B
1 Johan Cronje 1:48.97 (Personal Best), 2 Gerrit Woest 1:50.73, 3 Keenetse Moswasi (Botswana) 1:50.38
3000m
1 Jac Steenkamp 8:06.66, 2 Norman Dlomo 8:09.73, 3 Abner Chipu 8:10.34
5000m Walk
1 Dennis Trautmann (Germany) 20:18.08, 2 Jan Albrechtund (Germany) 20:48.88, 3 Ihan Collins 21:40.80
High Jump
1 Jacques Freitag 2.30, 2 Julio Luciano (Dominican Republic) 2.20, 3 Kabelo Mnono 2.10
Javelin
1 Miroslav Guzdek (Czech Republic) 85.74, 2 Steve Buckley (Britain) 84.45, 3 Eric Rag (Latvia) 80.66, 4 Andrus Varnik (Estonia) 80.36
Discus
1 Frantz Kruger 65.51, 2 Lars Riedel (Germany) 65.42, 3 Alexander Tammert (Estonia) 64.31, 4 Virgilijus Alekna (Lithuania) 62.55
4x100m
1 South Africa B 39.25, 2 South Africa A 40.03, 3 Botswana 41.07
4x400m
1 South Africa A 3:07.40, 2 Botswana 3:07.62, 3 South Africa B 3:07.84

WOMEN
400m
1 Heide Seyerling 51.51, 2 Hortense Bewouda (Cameroon) 52.65, 3 Marna Costanzo 53.85
100m Hurdles (+1.5)
1 Carla Fick 13.67, 2 Marida Pretorius 13.87, 3 Monique Balsamo 14.04
400m Hurdles
1 Tatyana Tereschuk (Ukraine) 54.28, 2 Surita Febbraio 54.54.45, 3 Kerryn van Zyl 56.19, 4 Tacko Diouf (Senegal) 57.33
800m
1 Judit Varga (Hungary) 2:02.75, 2 Agnes Samaria (Namibia) 2:02.91, 3 Lynelle Coetzee 2:05.35
5000m Walk
1 Nicolene Cronje 23:37.01, 2 Karin Becker 23:51.52, 3 Barbara Nel 25:12.55
Long Jump
1  Tunde Vaszi (Hungary) 6.45, 2 Heli Koivula (Finland) 6.27, 3 Valentina Gosrovska (Latvia) 6.14
High Jump
1 Hestrie Cloete 1.90, 2 Vita Palamar (Kazahistan1.85, 3 Svetlana Zalevskaya (Ukraine) 1.85
Pole Vault
1 Kristina Molnar (Hungary) 4.36, 2 Zsusza Szabo (Hungary) 4.16, 3 Marna Jacobs
3.90
Javelin
1 Moonika Aava (Estonia) 54.59, 2 Rita Romananuskaite (Lithuania) 53.16, 3 Kirsty Morrison (Britain) 52.88