#TuksAthletics: Roto wins 100 m in Spain

Posted on June 08, 2016

Thando Roto (Tuks/hpc) won the 100 m sprint at a meeting in Salamanca, Spain, on Saturday, 4 June 2016. His time of 10,15 s is unofficially his best ever and would have qualified him for the Olympic Games in Rio, but unfortunately the wind from behind (2,6 m/s) was too strong. Roto won his heat in 10,28 s, which is 0,01 s slower than his former best time of 10,27 s.

Roto is far from disappointed. 'I had a good day. During my heat, I could already feel that I was capable of running a fast time. It is a pity about the wind, but I guess that is what athletics is about. You can never control the wind. The fact that I was able to win in 10,15 s certainly boosted my confidence. To be honest, qualifying for the Olympic Games is not my main focus. I believe in doing things step by step. Right now all I want to do is to run a time faster than 10,1 s. If I can do that, I will qualify. I still have two more races in Europe. I am racing in France on 16 June and in Belgium on 18 June,' he said.

Tebogo Mamathu (Tuks) placed fourth in the women's 100 m sprint in a time of 11,53 s.

Carina Horn (Tuks/hpc) failed to qualify for the 100 m final on Sunday at the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham. She finished fourth in 11,57 s, racing into a headwind (3,1 m/s) in the first heat. Only the first three athletes in every heat, and the two fastest non-placers overall, qualified for the final. A wind from behind (0,8 m/s) resulted in a much faster race in the second heat.

Horn is returning to South Africa and will compete at the Tuks Invitational Meeting on Saturday.

On Sunday, 5 June, shot-putter Orazio Cremona (Tuks/hpc) finished fourth at a meeting in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

He was very disappointed with his performance of 19,07 m. 'It was not a great day at all. My body was not there and neither was the connection. My battle to qualify for the Olympic Games is getting more difficult but I am not going to give up,' said the South African champion.

Cremona will compete again in Switzerland on 14 June.

LJ van Zyl (Tuks/hpc) decided to withdraw from the Diamond League meeting in Oslo on Thursday, 9 June, due to a slight lower back injury. 'It's nothing serious. I just don't want to take any unnecessary risks. That is why Irma Reyneke [coach] and I decided that it would be better to compete in Stockholm, Sweden, on 16 June,' he said.


- Author Wilhelm de Swardt

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