Cape Town – Sprinter Henricho Bruintjies was the
best of an eight-member South African contingent at the IAAF World Challenge
meeting in Turku, Finland on Tuesday evening.
Bruintjies took second place in the men’s 100m event in a season’s best 10.06, equalling the second fastest time of
his career, while countryman Emile Erasmus grabbed third spot in 10.13. The
race was won by Turkish speedster Ramil Guliyev in 10.02.
Earlier, Bruintjies had won his heat in
10.16 and Erasmus was first across the line in 10.21 in his heat, as they both
coasted into the final.
In the men’s 400m hurdles, Le Roux
Hamman took third place in 50.38, with British athlete Jack Green clinching the
win in 49.78.
Fellow hurdler Antonio Alkana was edged
into third spot in the men’s 110m race over the barriers in 13.35, with
Frenchman Garfield Darien charging to victory in 13.22. Earlier, Alkana had won
his heat in 13.38.
Javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen also
finished third in the women’s contest with a best effort of 61.54m. Tatsiana
Khaladovich of Belarus won with a 65.03m heave.
Khotso Mokoena settled for fourth
position in the men’s long jump, leaping 7.66m in the third round and repeating
the distance in round five.
Serhiy Nykyforov of the Ukraine secured
victory with a 7.73m jump, with the first five men completing the event within
just eight centimetres in a hard-fought contest.
Sprinter Pieter Conradie was fifth in
the men’s 400m in 46.71, well outside his season’s best. British athlete
Rabah Yousif won in 45.81.
Claudia Heunis ended sixth in her 100m hurdles heat in 13.53, missing out on a place in the final.