Athletix Grand Prix Paarl Finale Review

South African 200m champion Luxolo Adams, right, crossing over the finish line ahead of Eastern Cape born Anaso Jobodwana, left, to win the gold medal in the half-lap sprint event, in Paarl, yesterday. Photo by Keagan Mitchell



The 2017 local track and field senior season ended with a bang as all the big guns produced stellar performances, at the final Athletix Grand Prix Series meet, at Dal Josaphat stadium, in Paarl, yesterday.

The competition also saw a few great times run at coastal level which saw fans at the edge of their seats.

The three-legged Grand Prix Series meets live-up to expectations as we a number of international athletes arrive on South African shores and the country’s very best dominating their respective events.

The inaugural event provided athletes with great experience and confidence ahead of the Commonwealth Games, in Australia, next month.

For youngsters, it was about gaining exposure and making a good impression at senior level before next month’s SA youth and junior championships, in Paarl.

In yesterday’s action, three time 800m world champion Caster Semenya and Western Province Athletics Dominique Scott-Efund outwitted the rest of their competition from the start of the race with the two-time Olympic champion coming out tops to take the 1500m event.

Carina Horne once again dominated the women’s 100m sprint event, this comes after she broke the 100m record in a time of 11.03 seconds at the SA senior championships, in Pretoria, this past weekend. While Boland’s Justine Palframan consistent season continued after she won the 400m in a time of 52.63 seconds.

National record holder Akani Simbine had a good day at the office to win the men’s 100m event in a time of 10.08 seconds and could have not ask for a better way to end his local season.

South African 200m champion Luxolo Adams continued his fine form to win the half-lap event in a time of 20.01 seconds ahead of 2015 commonwealth bronze medallist Anaso Jobodwana.

The South African and African record holder Antonio Alkana was in a league of his own to win the men’s 110m hurdles event in a seasons best time of 13.39 seconds.  However, Marcello Pienaar a first-year student at the University of the North-West (Potchefstroom campus) was impressive in first major senior competition to finish in third place in a time of 14.19 seconds and will go into the national youth and junior championships full of confidence.

Cape Town born Lindsay Hanekom who won the one-lap hurdles title at SA seniors could not repeat his performances after he stumbled in the last 30metres to finish in fifth placed with teammate Cornel Fredericks taking the gold medal in a time of 49.68 seconds.

Local boys’ Rushwahl Samaai and Breyton Poole had a good outing after they finished first and second in the men’s long and high jump events.  The two will now turn their attention to the Commonwealth Games, in Australia, next month.


Written by Keagan Mitchell