South Africans Stephen Mukoka, Jaco Engelbrecht and Senegal’s Amy Sene clinched gold medals at the African Senior Athletics Championships in eThekwini South Africa on Wednesday (22 June).
Defending champions and hosts South Africa raced to an early lead on the medal table in a clear indication they seek to win the continent’s flagship athletics event. Eight nations have made their mark on the medal table.
In a scintillating sprint for the finish line Mokoka ended East African dominance of the 10000m when he prevailed in 28:02.97. Kenyan Wilfred Kimutai (28:03.18) then Lesotho’s Namakwe Nkhasi followed him across the finish line.
“This was an exciting race. It was a tactical affair with a significant surge in pace in the last kilometre. My prayer was that Kimutai who did most of the hard work upfront would further increase the pace.
Instead Namakwe went ahead on the last lap. I knew it was time for me to make my move and I am glad I won.
“This is my first African championships medal. My goal now is to finish in the top ten at the Olympics, Mokoka declared.
Meanwhile on the infield Jaco Engelbrecht carried the day in men’s shotput with a final heave of 20.00m. He admits he is surprised by his performance.
“It was a hard build up to this championship as I picked up a stomach injury a fortnight ago. At some point I thought of withdrawing from the championships,” Engelbrecht explained.
“I just resumed training last week. Winning this gold medal is a huge boost for my preparation for next year’s world Championships as I have run out of meets where I can qualify for the Olympics this year,” Engelbrecht concedes.
Still on the infield, the duel between Senegal’s Amy Sene and Burkina Faso’s Lateitia Kimalou Bambara in women’s hammer throw was the climax of the first day of the competition.
Sene set a championship record of 67.64m on her third attempt. The previous record of 66.14m was set by Egypt’s Marwa Ahmed Arafat in 2004 in Brazzaville Republic of Congo.
In the fourth round Bambara took charge with a 68.12m effort before Sene responded with a 68.35m throw in the fifth round.
“I am so happy I have regained the Africa title. I won it in 2012 (in Nairobi Kenya) lost it in 2014 (in Marrakech Morocco) and now I have regained the title,” a delighted Sene explained.
Back on the track earlier in the day Phumlile Ndzinisa improved her Swaziland women’s 100m record with a winning time of 11.11 seconds. Her old mark was 11.36 in Forbach France on 29 May. What’s more Ndzinisa is well within the Rio de Janeiro Olympic qualifier of 11.32.
RESULTS AS AT THE END OF DAY ONE WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE 2016
Results include only those who completed their contest in the final of their event
PB denoted Personal Best
CR denotes Championship Record
NR denotes National Record
RIO denotes attained qualifying standard for the Olympics
1 Stephen Mokoka (South Africa) 28:02.97; 2 Wilfred Kimutai (Kenya) 28:03.18; 3 Namakwe Nkhasi (Lesotho) 28:06.33; 4 Yimer Jemal Mekonnen (Ethiopia) 28:08.92; 5 Haftu Fikadu Tsadik (Ethiopia) 28:09.21; 6 Stephen Arita (Kenya) 28:09.66; 7 Isail Gallet (Tanzania) 28:13.46; 8 Abraham Habte (Eritrea) 28:18.18; 9 Abdallah Kibet Mande (Uganda) 28:21.92; 10 Gladwin Mzazi (South Africa) 28:24.50; 11 Mekonen Arega Asen (Ethiopia) 28:37.41; 12 Fabiano Sulle (Tanzania) 29:09.75; 13 John Atem (South Sudan) 29:53.67; 14 Nadcha Happy Mcherewje (Malawi) 29:59.94; 15 Jacob Mugomeri (Zimbabwe) 30:05.75; 16 Jauodo Jauodo (Mozambique) 34:05.63; 17 stephanius kaudinge (Namibia) 34:05.63
1 Jaco Engelbrecht (South Africa) 20.00; 2 Frank Owaka Elembe (Republic of Congo) 19.89; 3 Stephen Mozie Nigeria 19.84; 4 Oghneakpobo (Nigeria) 19.57; 5 Orazio Cremona (South Africa) 19.15; 6 Mohamed Khalifa (Egypt) 19.00; 7 Yao Adantor (Togo) 17.98; 8 Burger Lambrechts (South Africa) 17.79; 9 Bernard Baptiste (Mauritius) 16.71; 10 Moga Zegeye Lencha (Ethiopia) 14.58; Gorgio Vahoua (ivory Coast) 14.50
1 Amy Sene (Senegal) 68.35; 2 Laetitia Kimalou Bambara (Burkina Faso) 68.12PB; 3 Sarah Ben Saad (Tunisia) 62.53 PB; 4 Soukaina Zakkour (Morocco) 61.85; 5 Zouina Bouzbra (Algeria) 61.62; 6 Jennifer Bawsita Batu (Republic of Congo) 60.00; 7 Mara Cumming (South Africa) 55.48; 8Aya Adly (Egypt) 55.40; 9 Chene Coetzee (South Africa) 50.46;10 Rebcca Kerubo Kenya) 48.68; 11 Michelle Andrea Vahoua (Ivory Coast) 48.18; 12 Melissa Arlanda (Mauritius ) 45.89; 13 Adtridge Samoisy (Mauritius) 44.50
MEDAL TABLE AS AT THE END OF DAY ONE WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE 2016
Country GOLD SILVER BRONZE
South Africa 2 0 0
Senegal 1 0 0
Burkina Faso 0 1 0
Republic of Congo 0 1 0
Kenya 0 1 0
Lesotho 0 0 1
Nigeria 0 0 1
Tunisia 0 0 1