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Caster charges home in 5000m and Simon Magakwe wins 8th 100m title

Caster Semenya decided to move up in distance, taking on the 1500m and 5000m at the 2019 Sizwe Medical Fund & 3SixtyLife ASA Senior Track & Field and Combined Events Championships at the Germiston Athletics Stadium on Thursday 25 April.

– Semenya cruised to victory in heat one of the 1500m heats in a time of 4:30.65 to book her place in the finals on Friday 26 April at 19h45.  She then went on to claim victory in the 5000m in 16:25.23. 

Seen here:   Semenya in action in the 5000m.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg
 
Simon Magakwe (in the centre) became the 100m athlete with the most ever national short sprint titles in South African history. The 33 year-old successfully defended his title from 2018, adding to the titles he won consecutively from 2009 through to 2014. Despite suffering from cramps, the ‘Lion’ got off to a blistering start and came through to win in 10.05 seconds.
 
Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

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