Dominating victories by Hellen Obiri in the 5000m and Marie Josée Ta Lou in the 100m along with a spirited battle between South African long jumpers Ruswahl Samaai and Luvo Manyonga highlighted the second day of action at the 21st African Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria, on Thursday (2).
Becoming a world-class athlete takes years of dedication and single-mindedness, coupled with patience and a thick skin.
Ivorian speedsters dominated the sprint finals, and East African athletes swept the podium in the women’s 5000m, but South African athletes raked in 10 medals to open a gap at the top of the medals table at the African Championships in Durban on Thursday (23).
Caster Semenya secured a unique treble on Saturday (16), racing to three individual titles on the second and final day of the South African Championships in Stellenbosch.
No one saw it coming, not even Rushwal Samaai himself, but the Commonwealth and African bronze medallist shattered his long jump PB to provide the top performance of the South African Championships in Stellenbosch.