Ndodomzi and Langenhoven take a leaf out of the Simbine and Bruintjies book
Visually impaired duo Ndodomzi Ntutu and Hilton Langenhoven earned another 100m gold-silver double for South Africa at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games yesterday.
Ntutu was in fine form dashing over the line in first place with a time of 11.02 with Langenhoven following in second place with a season’s best of 11.27.
“I tried to run as fast as I can but winning the gold medal, aagh, nothing can describe the feeling that I am feeling at the moment,” Ntutu said.
“I’m sure it will hit me even harder when I get home.”
The sprinting stars followed in the footsteps of Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies, who gave South Africa its first 1-2 finish in the 100m sprint event on Monday.
Ntutu said although they did not consciously decide to emulate Simbine and Bruintjies, they targeted medals in their race.
They inspired us
“In terms of coming one and two or getting into the medals they inspired us, and we were giving it our all and running hard to get gold and silver,” said Ntutu,
Meanwhile, hard-working one-lap hurdler Wenda Nel was finally rewarded for her years of perseverance winning the bronze medal.
Nel took it out fast in the 400m hurdles final but lost some steam as she approached the second last hurdle. However, she hung on for third place with a time of 54.96 seconds.
Jamaican Janieve Russell surged over the home straight crossing the line in 54.33 with Eilidh Doyle bagging silver in 54.80.
“I just raced for that line and I didn’t immediately know if I was on the podium until I saw the result,” Nel said. “I went out very hard, that was the plan, I wanted to push my body and see what I am capable of.”
Nel said she stumbled over her final hurdle but was delighted to keep her composure to deliver the goods.
South Africa’s hopes another sprint medal in the 200m came to nothing with national half-lap record-holder Clarence Munyai finishing his race in fourth place complaining of an injury he sustained in his semi-final the day before.
Munyai finished in a creditable fourth place in his first final at major senior championships after initially crossing the line fifth with a time of 20.58.
He got bumped up to fourth place after England’s Zharnel Hughes got disqualified for a lane infringement.
“I have a hamstring problem from yesterday’s semi-final and today I thought it would hold but going into the home straight I pulled up because I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep up with these guys,” Munyai said after the race.
Munyai’s injury would be a major blow to South Africa’s 4x100m relay team with Bruintjies, Emile Erasmus, Simbine, Anaso Jobodwana, and Antonio Alkana left to get the job done. Jobodwana’s name was initially pencilled in for the 200m final but was later disqualified.
He false started when he recorded a reaction time less than 0.100 seconds and instead of being shown the red card the referee flashed the green warning sign allowing him to get back into the blocks. Jobodwana finished the race in second place posting a time of 20.61 seconds to earn him a place in the final only to be told afterwards that he would be disqualified.
The South African team sent out a media release yesterday stating that it had filed an appeal, but the decision was upheld.
As for what South Africa have to look forward to, Caster Semenya marched through to today’s two-lap final and is on target to claim the rare 800-1 500m double at the Games winning her heat in 1:59.26.
Semenya looks almost certain to become only the third woman to win the double at the quadrennial showpiece.