Sterling Start as Marlie Viljoen Grabs SA’s First Gold at FISU Games in China

Marlie Viljoen grabbed South Africa's first gold in the women's 400m dash at the FISU Games in Chengdu, China. Photo: USSA Student (Instagram)

Marlie Viljoen grabbed South Africa’s first gold on the track in the women’s 400m, with other top results seeing Erin Gallagher and Kaylene Corbett secure silver in pool at the FISU Games in Chengdu, China on Thursday, 3 August.

South Africa’s fastest student athlete Marlie Viljoen grabbed gold in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.38s. She was followed by Corrssia Perry of the USA taking silver, and Barbora Malikova of Czech Republic in third.

Charne Swart finished in third in the women’s 800m distance, her time of 02:04.73 good to grab bronze. It was Laura Pellicoro from Italy finishing in first place (02:04.20), followed home by Knight Aciru of Uganda in a time of 02:04.34.

In the swimming pool it was Erin Gallagher who grabbed her second silverware in the women’s 100m Freestyle with a time of 54.39s. Yufei Zhang from China finished ahead of Gallagher again, while Kalia Antoniou of Cyprus finished in third place.

Kaylene Corbett also managed to add a medal to South Africa’s medal tally after she grabbed silver in the women’s 100m breaststroke. It was Kotryna Teterevkova from Lithuania who finished in first place and Dominika Sztandera of Poland in third-place.

Jana van Schalkwyk also managed to add another medal to South Africa’s medal tally when she grabbed bronze in the women’s javelin throw, with a distance of 57.45m, also a personal best for the athlete.

Photo Caption: Marlie Viljoen grabbed South Africa’s first gold in the women’s 400m dash at the FISU Games in Chengdu, China. Photo: USSA Student (Instagram)

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