Tsholofelo Thipe comfortably won the 100m in very cold conditions at the Swedish Grand Prix in Goteborg on Thursday. The SA 100m champion beat Italian athlete Martina Giovanett and Folake Akinyemi (SWE), clocking 11.65sec with Giovanett and Akinyami finishing in 11.79sec and 11.90sec respectively. SA’s Carina Horn came eighth (12.22sec).
Thipe and Horn then doubled up in the 200m, where Thipe had to be satisfied with third after Moa Hjelmer (SWE) and Martina Giovanett beat her in 23.58sec and 23.86sec, Thipe finishing in 23.95sec. Horn clocked 24.81sec to finish sixth.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday Caster Semenya comfortably won the women’s 600m at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland. The World Championships silver medallist crossed the finish line in 1:25.56 ahead of former Australian 800m World Indoor Champion Tamsyn Manou and Olympic finalist Tatyana Andrianova (RUS). The two clocked 1:26.28 and 1:30.74 respectively. Semenya will represent South Africa at her very first Olympic Games taking place in London starting on 3 August.
Also in Sweden, Estie Wittstock crossed the 400m line for silver in 52.99sec behind Italian national champion Maria Spacca (52.73sec), while Patience Ntshingila’s 6.19 final round jump earned her bronze behind long jump World Championships silver medallist Olga Kucherenko (SWE) (6.90m) and Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic (6.53m) At the same meet, Claudia Viljoen finished 10th overall in the women’s 100m hurdles in 13.84sec, Beate Schrott (AUT) setting the winning time of 13.11sec.
On Sunday Carina Horn (in both the 100m and 200m) and Estie Wittstock (200m) will compete at the Norrvidden Sundsvall Wind Sprint, in Sweden.