Tuks athletes shine at the Gauteng North Championship

Posted on March 18, 2012

The highlight was undoubtedly the Olympic A-qualifying time of our own Oscar Pistorius. Oscar ran his fastest ever time on home ground and his second fastest time ever when he crossed the finishing line in his heat of the 400 m in a time of 45.20 seconds. He ran a well-judged race and fell down on his knees when he crossed the finishing line.

"I am glad that I got this (the A-qualifying time) out of the way. Now I can concentrate on qualifying again during an international competition later this year," Oscar replied when asked how he felt about his time. SASCOC's criteria dictate that to be included in Team SA for London, an athlete must better the A-qualifying standard twice, and at least once during an international competition.
There were several other excellent performances by Tuks athletes over the weekend.

Frederiech Pretorius shattered the South African octathlon record by nearly 500 points when he set a mark of 6 166 points in his first ever octathlon competition.

Gerhard de Beer, the best youth discus thrower of 2011 in the world, also qualified for the IAAF Junior Championship that will be held in July in Barcelona, Spain, with a throw of 60.57 m.

Pieter Conradie and Ruan Greyling also qualified for the same championship when they crossed the finishing line in the 400 m for junior men in 46.68 and 46.75 respectively.

Mpho Maphutha missed the qualifying distance in the long jump by a mere 1 cm when he jumped 7.64 m in the junior men long jump in cold and windy conditions on Friday night.

Tuks athletes won 71 gold, 44 silver and 24 bronze medals over the two days of the competition, cementing their place as the number one team in AGN and South Africa.

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