Central Gauteng Athletics hosted the CGA Global Virtual Shot-Put and Discus competition in partnership with Pierre Blignaut Academy, on the 31 July to 2 August 2020.
Over 300 athletes from all over the world entered the event, intending to keep active during this period of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. CGA Track and Field Commission confirmed that in this nature of the event, athletes must compete in the comfort and safety of their back yards or in a piece of vacant land where they can maintain their social distance due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
With the virtual competition taking place at the beginning of the Women’s month of August, all eyes were closely upon the woman performances with the best throw, amongst six athletes who entered in the category of U/20 Woman is the bronze medalist in shot-put at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, Dane Roets. Roets recorded a throw of 16.01m in the shot-put event, however, strong competition from Mine de Kleck (SA) who landed in 15.90m to secure the second position. Juanita de Necker finished 3rd in shot-put (15.84m) and clung gold in the discus (49.70m).
In Senior Women Category, the top discus women in South Africa, Riette Heyns registered the best distance of 56.20m in discus, with World Junior Championships shot-put finalist Meike Strydom, who was the favourite, had claimed the top spot in the shot-put event in the distance of 17.6m.
“We must be reminded that with this pandemic, our athletes don’t have proper training, but we do expect good results”, said CGA Track and Field Chairperson Maggie Dicks at the post-competition interview.
Douw Kruger (SA) and Wynand Swanepoel (SA), both medalists at the 2019 African Youth Championships, and Leeorr-el Breytenbach (NAM) who also represented Namibia at various International competitions were included, among 13 athletes who took part in the U/20 Men discus competition.
Leeorr-el Breytenbach (NAM) who’s having a slight advantage with his personal best distance of 56.00m in discus, recorded a best throw of 54.02, following closely with an opportunity to upset the apple cart was Swanepoel (53.88m), and Kruger (49.90m) respectively.
In shot-put, Kruger claimed an impressive win with 20.30m distance with Tiaan van Zyl (SA) throwing 16.46m to finish 2nd and Leeorr-el fighting it out for 3rd spot.
With 10 Athletes entered in the shot-put Senior Men category, which included Jason van Rooyen (SA) 2019 World Student Games finalist. Van Rooyen came to conquests his peers with the distance of 20.61m followed by Alderson Evert throwing 14.77m to finish second.
Overall, the event was a success, and we would like to share our gratitude to all the athletes, coaches, and parents that were part of this great initiative.
Herewith, please find the attached Complete 2020 CGA Virtual Shot-Put and Discus results.
Central Gauteng Athletics will be hosting the CGA Global Virtual Shot Put and Discus competition from Friday, 31 July to Sunday, 2 August 2020 in partnership with Pierre Blignaut Academy.
This virtual competition aims to keep our athletes active during this period. Athletes will be competing in the comfort of their own homes in line with Covid-19 protocols and health safety guidelines. The competition will be open to all the athletes interested with the main target being athletes that are medal potential at National and International competitions.
CGA Track and Field commission is excited to host this virtual competition and confirmed that more virtual competitions covering other events of track and field is on the cards during these difficult times of COVID-19 pandemic in the country and around the world.
We would like to invite all shot put and discus athletes in the province to be part of this competition. The entry is free for all athletes. To enter, please click on the following link: http://tinyurl.com/CGA-Virtual-throw
Please share the information with the respective athletes and coaches in your club.
Central Gauteng Athletics proudly hosted a very successful Provincial Track & Field Championships last weekend 14 March 2020 at University of Johannesburg Auckland Park Stadium. These championships come after hosting 4 league meetings which attracted over 5,000 athletes this season.
The day started well for Zelda Schults (27) of Murray and Roberts Athletics Club with her 3rd consecutive victory in the Race Walk event. Zelda, who just recently qualified for the postponed Race Walk World Championships which was due in France in May 2020. She dominated the 5km Senior Women Category and clocked the time of 25:20.09.
In the 3,000 metre Junior boys category, a Mohlakeng born athlete Andries Sesedi who has been selected to represent South Africa at CAA Cross Country Championships in Kenya took gold medal clocking 08:51.01. During his post-event interview, Andries said: “It was very important to partake at the CGA Track and Field Championships, as he is preparing to reach a qualifying standard of 14:10secondsin 5000m event for the National Youth and Junior Championships and possibly qualify for the World Championships”.
Zonica Lindeque of UJ Athletics Club confirmed her position for discussing and shotput selection to Paarlwith an incredible performance of 42.46 and 16.29 respectively.
Another stunning performance was long jump senior men, which saw spectators burst of applause when the rising champions (Johnson Cheswill, Aaron Pedro and Manuel Divan) eager to take on the Olympic Game Silver Medalist Khotso Mokoena. UJ Athlete Johnson Cheswill stunned the thunderous roar of over 5,000 spectators in attendance when he triumphs over his training partners by landing the distance of 8.14 metres. Cheswill secured the second position in Senior Men 100 metre 10.31, he is confident to receive CGA colours to the national championships.
Junior Athlete Mongwe Nikiwe of Brakpan Athletics Club, broke into a sprint to finish front over a short distance of200m 25.07, and 100m 25.07. Mongwe who’s grace with the presence of amazon women she claimed her 5th consecutive win all the way through CGA Champs with the constant performance to earn CGA colours.
Phalula twins Lebo and Lebogang landed on Friday 13 March 2020 from a training camp which was cut short due to coronavirus in Ethiopia. Both twins competed in the senior’s women 5,000-metre event with Lebo Phalula winning the race in 17:05.15 and Lebogang settling for second position. This race in the absence of the Phalula twins was dominated by Cornelia Jourbert throughout the season to take the 5th position on the day.
The junior category of the 5,000 metres was won by Gene Coetzee who was neck and neck with the Phalulas twins for the better parts of the race. Gene Coetzee earned gold clocking the time of 17:17.09.
The last event of the day was Senior Men 800 metre which saw a rocket start of 29 athletes eager to tackle the qualifying standard of 01:54.0. Elvis Mokhonoana who appeared in new colours of UJ Athletics Club took charge in the last 50m towards the finish line, when he accelerated from Ryan Mphahlele who also won the 1,500-metre race to finish first in the time of 1:48.74.
Due to unfolding developments regarding coronavirus, the National Championships scheduled will be affected and changes will be communicated accordingly.
Central Gauteng Athletics gets closer to the end of 2020 Track and Field season at UJ Athletics Stadium, Soweto Campus with over 1,300 athletes on Saturday 22 February 2020.
Starting off the day with long-awaited steeplechase events with a distance of 1500m – 3000m Steeplechase (U15, 17, 19, Senior Men and Women) as it was the first steeplechase competition this season. The athletes did not disappoint as Pretorius Emile of Germiston Harries Callies opened with a great performance in 1500m to secure his win in the time of 05:00. In the 2000m Steeple Chase, OfentseBokanaof Murray and Roberts clocked 06:35.9, while his fellow club and training partner TshepoNtutwanaclaimed victory in the 3000m steeplechase to finish in an impressive time of 9:04.4.
“It was great to have steeplechase events for the first time in the season, athletes and coaches really showed appreciation on the effort of the commission”, comments by CGA Track and Field Chairperson Maggie Dicks during the post-event interview. MzwakheMavudla of UJ took the victory this time around with TebatsoMashimby of Boksburg settling for the second place in the 3000m Senior Men Walk. The two prominent provincial walkers’ battle has been very interesting with Mavundla claiming two victories and Mashimby only taking one win this season.
The battle of training partners continued in the High Jump senior women event between Marlize Higgins, Julia Du Plessis and Mariette Botha of UJ. The ladies displayed exceptional competitiveness with a close win of Marlize in the height of 1.70 followed by Julie and Mariette in the heights of 1.55 and 1. 60 respectively.
In an overcast afternoon and during the race a sudden rain sums up the action of the day in the 10,000m Senior Men and Women event, which was started by a total of 42 athletes chasing the victory. Prince Jaliof Take it Easy prevailed after he maintained his pace throughout the race with the leading group and only broke out in the 15th lap to finish in the time of 31:10.43, followed by Tshepiso Khati with a time of 31:34.2, and Kwanda Longoza with a time of 31:35.7 secured the top three positions. Entsika Athletics club dominated and claimed victory of the top 2 positions in the 10,000m women category by Sosibo Cacisileand Mjoli Nwabisa in the time of 38:43.38 and 38:44.14 respectively.
We would like to thank the University of Johannesburg and the Athletics Manager, Roger Haitengi and ground staff for opening their doors to CGA most importantly getting the facility ready to host athletics meeting this season, said CGA Track and Field Chairperson Maggie Dicks.
The Provincial Championships will be on Saturday 14 March 2020 which will be a joint champ for Youth, Junior and Senior categories.
All passionate athletes pull on their running gear to compete at the league despite heavy rain, at UJ Soweto Campus on Saturday 8th February 2020.
The event following CGA Track and Field program 1, which started with a 5km race walk that saw Zelda Schults of Murray and Roberts Athletics Club showing off her talent in the second last lap leading Nthatisi Mokhele of Run Walk for Life by 250m to win in the 25:56.04. At the post-event interview, Zelda said it was very important to win this race as she was preparing for Grand Prix in Cape Town next week Saturday to qualify for the Race Walking World Cup which will be held in 2nd and 3rd of May in France 2020.
Unfortunately, due to the rain, the CGA Track and Field commission together with the Technical Officials Committee had to call off certain events, Hurdles, Long Jump, and Triple Jump. The cancellation was as a result of slippery surface which may harm or injure the athletes.
As the day progressed the weather opened to a beautiful sunny welcome of the 800m event which had 21 athletes starting the race amongst them was Elvis Mokhoknoana, Ryan Mphahlele, Brandon Lentswe, and Nkosinathi Sibiya. As runners approaching finishing line in 300m, Elvis Mokhonoana accelerated to get ahead of his training partners, Ryan Mphahlele and Ntuthuko Ndimande to win his event in the time of 1:49.04. Mokhonoana’s coach Elvis Khoza said Elvis started his preparation for 2020 season during last December period and the results are starting to show.
The battle of throws continued in the Javelin event with exciting moments in the youth category with Nel Keegan and Fabio De Klerk contending a victory in a 1m to 2m deference till the fourth round. Nel Keegan’s superior throw which reached an outstanding distance of 53.70m to raise Monument’s flag higher winning the Under 15 boys event. In an interview, Nel said that he aims to beat his last week result of 55m.
The second last event of the day, saw smoke come into view when our Provincial starter Frikkie Pretorius started the 1500m senior women event. UJ and Murray and Roberts athletes dominated the race as it was really hard to tell who is going to win the race. In the last lap Dixton Chante of Murray and Roberts Athletics Club picked up her pace from the UJ Athletes to tighten the competition to finish the race in style with a brilliant time of 04:57.50 from her training partner Maria Mosweu finishing 2nd in the time of 05:00.09, and the 3rd finisher was Casey Bosman securing Murray and Roberts Athletics Club into top three by 05:06.40.
Runners with different levels of experience competed in the 5000m race, which was named by the spectators as “One of the Toughest race of the day”. There was a total of 46 athletes lining up at the start of the men’s race. One could see that all these athletes were eager to win the race but Marko Buccariza of Born to Run proofed to be more eager to cling the win in a brilliant pace and in the time of 14:39.09.
The women 5000m event was dominated by Joubert Cornelia of Boxer Athletics Club claim her third victory consecutively in Senior Women category in a time of 17:44.09. The 2nd place was claimed by the Vosloorus born, Farida Zwane in new colours of Rockies Athletics Club clocking 17:51.05.
Maggie Dicks, Chairperson of CGA Track and Field thanked all the athletes and coaches who took time in the weather conditions to come and support the leagues. She also indicated that there is only one league on 22nd of February before the Provincial Championships and then the National Championships. It is important that the athletes and coaches take note of the selection criteria which requires an athlete to participate in at least 50% of the leagues and Provincial Championships serving as the final trials.