Gold Medals Galore for SA Women At African Champs

by | Jun 13, 2022

South Africa’s women athletes put in dominant performances to power Team South Africa to second on the medals tables at the conclusion of the African Championships this past weekend.

The South African team finished second behind Kenya on the final medals table at the African Athletics Championships with nine gold, 13 silver and 14 bronze.

Zeney van der Walt grabbed the seventh gold medal by a female South African athlete, winning the women’s 400m hurdles final in a time of 56.00. She was followed by teammate Taylon Bieldt in second place (56.67) and Wenda Nel in seventh place with a time of 1:00.43.

Van der Walt was also involved in South Africa’s 4x400m gold medal victory along with  Miranda Coetzee, Bieldt and Precious Moloi in a time of in 13:29.34.

Coetzee also finished as a double gold medallist, having won the women’s 400m final on Thursday ahead of her efforts to win 4x400m relay gold.

Miranda Coetzee Clinches Gold at Africa Champs

In the 200m final, Shirley Nekhubui ended up in seventh place with a time of 23.72, Prudence Sekgodiso picked up a bronze medal in the 800m in a time of 2:03.46 and Marissa Swanepoel finished in seventh place in the 20km walk with a time of 1:50.44.

On Saturday, 24-year-old Jo-Ane van Dyk produced a winning throw of 60.65m to take the gold medal in javelin, with Mckyla van der Westhuizen grabbing silver with a distance of 55.55m and Jana van Schalkwyk earning bronze with a best of 54.49m.

In the 10 00m race, Glenrose Xaba had to settle for sixth position with a time of 32:45.05, and in the hammer throw event, Margaretha Cumming ended in fifth place with a distance of 57.74m and Leandri Geel sixth with a distance of 56.42m.

In pole vault, Mire Reinstorf grabbed gold with a distance of 3.80m, with Nicole Jansen van Rensburg settling for bronze with a distance of 3.70m and Erica Moolman just behind in fourth place with a distance of 3.70m.

Team South Africa had a brilliant start to the Champs when Ischke Senekal powered to gold in the Women’s Shot Put on Wednesday last week.

Ishcke Senekal Grabs Gold at CAA Champs

 

Team South Africa Medal Winners: 

Ischke Senekal – Women’s Shot Put gold

Zonica Lindeque – Women’s Shot Put bronze

Banele Shabangu, Charlize Eitlerd, Marizaan Loots and Phindile Kubheka – 4x100m Relay silver

Miranda Coetzee – Women’s 400m gold

Carina Horn – Women’s 100m bronze

Mckyla van der Westhuizen – Women’s Javelin silver

Jo-Ane van Dyk – Women’s Javelin gold

Zeney van der Walt – Women’s 400m Hurdles gold

Zeney van der Walt, Miranda Coetzee, Bieldt and Precious Moloi – Women’s 4x400m gold

Prudence Sekgodiso – Women’s 800m bronze

Mire Reinstorf – Pole Vault gold

Nicole Jansen van Rensburg – Pole Vault bronze

 

Photo 1 Caption: Zeney van der Walt grabbed Team South Africa’s seventh gold medal in the women’s 400m hurdles final at the CAA Senior Championship in Mauritius. Photo: Zeney van der Walt (Instagram)

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