EME NEWS (MAR 16, 2018)
Munyai 19.69 NR and WL
PRETORIA (RSA, Mar 16): During second day of South African Championships sensational improvement by African Junior Champion last year Clarence Munyai (20) who clocked in semifinals of 200 m 19.69 (-0.5) what is not only new national record (Wayde van Niekerk 19.84 last year) but also a World lead 2018. It is additionally 10th best performer ever and only 0.01 behind Frankie Frederick´s African record 19.68 from Atlanta Games 1996. The 8 better performers ever than the two Africans are from USA and Jamaica. Munyai was fast already in heats with 20.23 (+0.5). “I knew the conditions were going to be good so I decided to go for a record in the semifinals,” said Munyai who is Commonwealth Games bound.“It’s a massive achievement.” Luxolo Adams won his semifinal in 20.39 (+1.7) PB. Finals of 200 m are on Saturday. Carina Horn after national record on Thursday in semifinals (11.03) was again fast also when winning the 100 m title in 11.08 (+1.7, her 4th fastest ever) ahead of Tebogo Mamathu 11.27 PB. Much anticipated 100 m final by men was won by Simon Magakwe with 10.07 against -1.3 strong wind. Second junior record holder Thando Dlodlo 10.15, third Henricho Bruintjies 10.15 and fourth fastest from semifinals Roscoe Engel 10.27 as Anaso Jobodwana did not run due to injury. Caster Semenya won the 1500 m in 4:10.68 and also clocked fast 1:58.92 winning her 800 m heat. Kabelo Mohlosi in men´s 800 m semifinal 1:46.20 personal best. Also to note fastest in men´s 400 m semifinals Pieter Conradie 45.59 and in women 200 m semifinals Justine Palframan 23.06 (+0.3). Antonio Alkana won the 110 m Hurdles in 13.48 (-0.2) World lead. From technical events to note as winners Khotsko Mokoena 17.09 (+2.7) in triple, Orazio Cremona good 20.71 in shot put and Chris Harmse 70.62 in hammer. Chris Moleya cleared 223 to win the high jump over World U18 Champion Breyton Poole 220 and Friedrich Pretorius scored 7764 points in decahlon.