The first leg of the Athletics Grand Prix in Bloemfontein on Saturday may have started with a whimper but there were still a few performances to write home about.
We may already be in April but the athletics season is still in its diapers thanks to the IAAF World Championships being hosted so late in the year.
A few good results still gave athletics fans reason to smile and we have a picked a few blooming good performances from Bloem:
Simon ‘The Lion’ Magakwe
The Lion continues to roar and will be difficult to stop in his campaign to win a record eighth national title at next week’s South African Track and Field Championships in Germiston.
Magakwe, who is the first South African to clock a sub-10 second time in 2014, has been making impressive strides since his comeback from serving a two-year doping ban.
Last year he won an incredible seventh South African 100m title and is back to threatening to dip below 10 seconds once again.
Over the weekend he stormed to victory in a time of 10.06 seconds in Bloemfontein equalling his season’s best.
“I’m happy with the race but I was disappointed with my start,” Magakwe admitted. “I’m always slow at the start and I have to catch up, which is not good. But I’m happy with the time and I want to go faster at the SA Championships. I need to correct my start.”Simon Magakwe
The rising female sprinter overcame multiple delays to claim a confidence-boosting victory in the women’s 100m race with a time of 11.44.
Mamatu had to fight off a challenge from Tamzin Thomas, who dipped finished second in 11.45.
“These things happen and sometimes you just have to be prepared for it.
“It got a bit chilly out there (because of the delays) and I almost felt I was cramping, but I can’t complain.”Tebogo Mamatu
The country’s top shot-putter was the only athlete to launch the cannonball over 20 metres on Saturday.
He continued his dominance of the event with a winning heave of 20.19 metres.
World junior champion Kyle Blignaut continues his rise finishing second with a new personal best throw of 19.73m.
South African 400m hurdles champion Hanekom came out on top in a loaded field.
He dipped ahead of former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Cornel Fredericks with a winning time of 49.64.
Fredericks had to be content with second place with a time of 49.66.
“I couldn’t be any more happy with today’s win.
“Iwas injured last year, but I went back and worked on strength and conditioning, and I just came here to execute and win the race. It’s a confidence boost for me and I’m happy to be healthy going forward.”
The second and final leg of the Athletics Grand Prix series will be held in Potchefstroom, North West on Wednesday.