Multiple South African athletes were in action over the weekend, producing a mixed bag of results on the international track and field circuit.
We take a look at some of the highlights.
Strengthening her grip on the women’s 800m event, Semenya was a class apart at the Diamond League meeting in Eugene on Saturday, slamming the hammer down after the bell and cruising home in 1:55.92.
Though she faced a full-strength field, her opponents were no match for the world champion, with American athlete Ajee Wilson settling for second position in 1:56.86, just ahead of Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba who clocked 1:56.88 in third.
Semenya set a 2018 world lead and a new meeting record, dragging the top six women under 1:59.00.
Competing against a massive field of 24 athletes in the men’s long jump contest at the Taiwan Athletics Open in Taipei, Manyonga had no trouble asserting his authority in his specialist discipline.
The global champion took the early lead with a leap of 8.12m in the opening round, and he landed at 8.40m with his next attempt. Albeit with the benefit of a +2.7m/s tailwind, it was enough to beat second-placed athlete Tzu Chi Lin, the local favourite, by 35 centimetres.
While Semenya stole the show for the SA contingent, Scott-Efurd also made a statement in the women’s 5 000m race in Eugene.
Sticking to a well-judged pace, she finished eighth in 15:10.23, eclipsing her previous personal best of 15:20.10 which she set in Rome in June last year.
Though she was more than 43 seconds off the pace of Ethiopian winner Genzebe Dibaba, who scorched to a fast time of 14:26.89, the consistent South African continued her steady progress by placing the 15-minute barrier firmly within her sights.
The last of the SA athletes to turn out at the top-flight meeting in Eugene, Anaso Jobodwana grabbed fourth spot in the men’s 200m race in 20.42 seconds.
Fellow sprinter Henricho Bruintjies won his 100m heat in Taipei in 10.33, and he returned to the track three hours later to take third place in the final in 10.42.
In the men’s 400m hurdles race in the Taiwanese capital, Cornel Fredericks finished second in 49.93, just 0.02 behind local star Chieh Chen.