- Team South Africa has gotten off to a winning start at the African Track and Field Championship in Nigeria
- Akani Simbine won gold in the men’s 100m final while his teammate Simon Magakwe finished in third
- Earlier Rikenette Steenkamp won silver in the women’s 100m hurdles while Kayle Blignaut won bronze in the shot put
Team South Africa has gotten off to a winning start at the beleaguered African Track and Field Championships which have finally gotten underway in Asaba in Nigeria. Akani Simbine was the star of the day bagging South Africa’s first and only gold medal of the event.
Simbine finished first in the men’s 100m with a time of 10.23 seconds. The event brought South Africa a bronze medal as Simbine’s teammate Simon Magakwe finished third.
Earlier in the day, Rikenette Steenkamp won Team South Africa’s first medal when she won a silver medal in the women’s 100m hurdles event.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the South African effort was completed by the current junior world champion in the shot put Kayle Blignaut who claimed a bronze.
Sport24.com reported that the event is scheduled to take place from 1-5 August 2018.
The event will likely continue onto an extra day due to severe delays experienced by organisers. Briefly.co.za earlier reported that athletes were left stranded in Lagos with no flights to Asaba.
Images of hundreds of athletes sleeping in the airport were posted on social media. This horrific arrangement was caused by flights being cancelled and severely delayed.
The events local organising committee said it had experienced some organisational problems which caused the long delays at Lagos International Airport.
The event was dealt another hammer blow when journalists arrived at the stadium to find a complete lack of infrastructure. Journalists had to resort to working on the floor as there were no desks available in the media centre.
The organising committee has declined to comment on any of the matters and said it would release a full media briefing at an appropriate time.
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