Fredericks impresses before Olympics
CORNEL Fredericks, who will run in the 400m hurdles for South Africa at the London Olympics, was named name athlete of the meeting in Cork on Tuesday night.
The 22-year-old South African champion won the hurdles in 49sec in Ireland from Jamaica’s national champion Leford Green, who was second in 49.10. Another Jamaican, Josef Robertson, was third in 50.18sec.
They were competing in the 61st Cork City sports meeting.
Ofentse Mogawane, who has been selected for the South African 4x400m relay team at the Olympic Games, competed in his first 200m race of the season where he finished second in 21.98. Mogawane finished behind Ireland’s David Hynes (21.43). In the men’s 400m, Mogawane finished eighth in 47.39. The winning time was 45.30sec by Rabah Yousif from Sudan.
South Africa’s Juan van Deventer finished 10th in the 3000m race, crossing the line in 8:12.85. Australia’s Collis Birmingham won in 7:55.31.
The SA long-jump champion Zarck Visser ended fourth with a best of 7.50m in the opening round. Povilas Mykolaitis of Lithuania won with 7.80m followed by Yohei Sugai of Japan and Matthew Burton of Britain. Sugai’s best was measured at 7.64m while Burton’s 7.62m placed in the top three.