Cape Town – Caster Semenya decided to move at a distance, taking the 1500m and 5,000m to the 2019 ASA older track and field and the combined events championship at the Germiston Athletics Stadium on Thursday.
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The championships were postponed earlier during the day due to fierce thunderstorms, but after the action started again at 11 o'clock, the focus was on Caster Semenya, while it was arranged in 1500 heaters. Easily dominating and leading from the front, Semenia won the Top 1 at a time of 4: 30.65 to reserve his place in the final on Friday at 19:45.
Semenya then fought only with his second 5000 meter competition and re-dominated, despite the late attack on Dominique Scott-Efur, based in the United States. Semenia took control in the early circles of the race, with Scott-Efurd cheering every step. The bell, Scott-Efurd attacked and falsified forward. However, Semenia did not want to allow her maiden to climb 5 000 meters and return forwards down to comfort himself for a comfortable victory, crossing the line at 16: 05.97. Scott-Efurd returned home at 16: 13.71 with Kesa Mollock, rounding the podium at 16: 25.23.
Previously, Simon Magakve became the 100th athlete with the most ever national short sprint titles in South African history. The 33-year-old managed to defend his title from 2018, adding titles that won successively from 2009 to 2014. Despite suffering from cramps, the "Lion" climbed into an explosive start and came to victory in 10.05 seconds.
"I am very happy. Time could have been better, but I came here to defend my title and do it." So I'm happy. Now I'm in Japan for the World Championship for relays where I will take the time, under 10. "
Rocco van Royen won the title of the men's rope by throwing at 77.82 meters, while Julia du Plessis also claimed that gold in the high jump of women (1.80m) and Margo-Chen Pretoria won the female hammer (61.89 m).
Wayde van Niekerk withdrew from the championship in order to protect his knee. The world's 400 million record holder is confident in his return to the top flight game and has only one goal in mind.
"It's about 42. I'm disappointed that I'm not competing today, but with the weather, we thought it was wiser not to get any chance. My recovery is good and I would like to return to the competition this year , but I will only do it if I can give good performance. I am a competitor and I respect my opponents, so it should be at the best time when I get back. "
– Ockert de Villiers (@ockertde) April 25, 2019