JOHANNESBURG - South Africa continued its dominance at the African Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria.
It was a chilled day compared the previous two, with South African with short-sprint hurdles specialist Antonio Alkana defending his title at the continental championships. Horizontal jumps specialist Khotso Mokoena won his seventh African championship medal further cementing his status as one of the legends on the continent.
South Africa’s half-lap sprinters - Ncincilili Titi, Luxolo Adams and Emile Erasmus - all advanced to Sunday’s semi-final. Titi won his heat with a time of 20.98 seconds while Luxolo Adams and Emile Erasmus finished second and third in their race with times of 21.46 and 21.85 respectively.
Defending one-lap hurdles specialist Wenda Nel made it into the next round finishing second in her heat with a time of 57.47. Middle-distance phenom Caster Semenya has been the standout at the championships breaking the South African 400m record on Friday evening.
She shaved 0.09s off the record Heide Seyerling set in Sydney in 2000 and now boast the South African 400m, 800m, and 1500m records. Semenya finished second in her two-lap heat with a time of two minutes, 02.90 seconds (2:02.90) to give her a chance of a 400-800m double gold.