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Rio 2016, live blog, day 11: All the South African action from the Olympics on Tuesday

By Daily Maverick Team 16 August 2016

Missed any of the South African action from day 11 at the Rio Olympics? Don’t worry, you can relive everything as it happened right here.

03:04: This is where we sign off our coverage for today, but we’ll be back tomorrow with another big day of action. Caster Semenya will be running the 800m heats at 16:02.

But first, here’s a quick recap of what happened on Tuesday – it wasn’t the best day for Team SA.

Men’s 10km open water marathon: Chad Ho placed 10th after producing a strong finish, coming home only five seconds behind the winner and two seconds off the bronze medal.

In the men’s 200m, Anaso Jobodwana, Gift Leotlea and Clarence Munya all failed to qualify from round one of the heats.

Sunette Viljoen bossed her first throw of the night, hitting 63.54m, well ahead of the automatic qualifier.

In the women’s K1 200m B-Final (the final not for medals), Bridgitte Hartley finished fifth in the race, with a time of 42.066sec. It’s the 500m that is her preferred event, though, and the first of that event will take place on Wednesday.

The three hurdlers – Antonio Alkana (men’s 110m), Wenda Nel (women’s 400m) and LJ van Zyl (men’s 400m), all failed to progress from their semi-finals. All of them started well, all of them faded towards the end. Like a EFF’s interruption of a State of the Nation speech.


02:45: Ag shame. Van Zyl has just finished his 400m semi-final. As has been the case for basically all of South Africa’s events tonight, they started well and then faded to finish fifth. Not been a great night. on the track. Lynique Prinsloo is still due to jump for qualification.


02:22: Wow, Nel started off with a cracker of a race, she was ahead for quite some time, but started to lose pace for te final stretch and finished way off the pace. Spencer has run a cracker of a race to win it. She was behind, then picked up the pace, she stumbled as she came into the straight, she somehow managed to come back and win it! Incredible. Nel unlikely to qualify though.


02:03: Here’s another Olympic lesson in never giving up. Jeffrey Julmis absolutely clobbered into the first hurdle in his heat. People were done racing, but he decided he’ll just finish the race anyway.


01:55: Viljoen’s throw was a completely respectable 63.54, by the way. Eas as you like. The final is on Friday morning at 02:10.


01:54: Sunette Viljoen has qualified for the women’s javelin with a throw over 63m. 


01:45: All over for Alkana in his 110m semi-final, he was off like a rocket, but couldn’t keep it up. Finishes in seventh with a time of 13:55.


01:09: We’ve got the men’s high jump final coming up. No South Africans in that event, but Sunette Viljoen will be in action in the javelin throwing at around 01:35. There’s some hurdling to come, Wenda Nel and LJ van Zyl are in the semifinals of the women and men’s hurdling from just after 02:10. Antonio Alkana is also hurdling. And Lynique Prinsloo is going to do some jumping into a sandpit from 01:40 and 02:05 respectively.


01:04: Good morning. Germany booked their spot in the finals of the women’s football event by beating Canada. Team GB have won more cycling gold in the velodrome, but frankly, we’ve had quite enough of that and them. Let’s move onto the track and field events.


21:08: Sweden have beaten hosts Brazil in the semi-finals of the women’s football. This from AFP:

Sweden ended Brazil’s women’s dreams of a first Olympic football gold medal Tuesday with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win to book their place in the gold medal match.

Cristiane, the Olympics’ all-time top scorer, and Andressa saw spot-kicks saved by Hedvig Lindahl after neither side could score a goal in 120 minutes.

Lisa Dahlkvist converted the winning penalty to secure a place in the final and Sweden’s first women’s football Olympic medal.


18:00: That’s us taking a break from coverage for now. The evening session begins at 01:30 and there are a few South Africans in action through the late night / early morning / whatever you are calling it according to your sleep patterns. Should anyting monumental happen anywhere, though, we’ll pop in to update you here.


17:59: Confirmed now, no South African’s through to the 200m semi. That man Bolt is through though.  It’s going to be a great race.


17:27: Now it’s Clarence Munyai’s turn to try and make it through to the semis. He ends third. Ashmeade from Jamaica wins and Munyai might still make it through.


17:13: Another 200m South African sprinter coming up: Tlotliso Leotlela is off the mark steadily and as he comes around the bend, he picks up the pace, but loses gas towards the end. Leotlela finished in fourth with a time of 20.59. Won’t be enough.


17:02 Jobodwana runs n the same heat as Yohan Blake and it looks like he’s in fourth. He had a good race, started off quickly, but couldn’t keep the pace up for the final 50m or so. It was a tight race nonetheless. Will have to wait…his time is 20.53 which is quite a leap from the top three.


16:52: There’s been a false start in the first heat of the men’s 200m. Pinder from Bahamas is off early and then stumbles, just to make his day a little bit worse. He turns his back on the oke showing him a red card. 


16:16: Also, this cartoon is pretty cool


16:14: Chad Ho has finished in the top ten in the men’s 10km swim, tenth to be exact. That’s a really special effort from an athlete who had to crowd fund his trip to the Fina champs last year. **

15:14 Ayana has cruised to a comfortable win. Obviously. When she was doing the 10km and I was feeling inadequate about my running prowess, I knew this was coming and making me feel even worse. Angastino has crossed the line after that nasty fall, but there is a huge cheer for her from the crowd. She also gets a hug from the New Zealand runner who tripped up with her. So sweet. Dagostino leaves the track in a wheelchair.


15:05: Ayana has gone off on one, leaving the rest of the field almost half a lap behind. There’s also been a nasty fall involving two runners, one of them Dagostino from America who had a very dodgy twist of her ankle. She’s helped out by the woman who tripped her up, she looks absolutely distraught and in severe pain. But she decides to get up and crack on with it. Fantastic effort. Ayana is  still meters ahead with three laps to go. She looks like she’s flying on one of those air walker things.


14:59: I was confused earlier. Ayana wasn’t in the first of the round 1 heats. She’s about to run now.

14:55: Well, I’d written a long update for you on the first heat of round one of the women’s 5000m and the effort put in by Japan’s Uehara, but the CMS decided not to have it. So you’ll just have to trust me when I say it was quite a race, but Uehara couldn’t keep up the pace and was eventually beaten by Yasemin Can of Turkey, Mercy Cherono of Kenya, Shelby Houlihan of USA and Susan Kuijken of Kenya. She might still sneak through as fastest loser. Also, Bridgitte Hartley finished fifth in the B fnal of the 200m sprint canoe, but her preferred event – the 500m sprint for which she won bronze at London 2012 – is still coming up.


14:22: Chad Ho has set off in the 10km swim. Olympic champion and world-record holder Almaz Ayana is just about to set off in round one of the 5000m. 


13:38: This isn’t great prep.


11:05: Here’s a schedule of all the South Africans in action today:


16:50 Men’s 200m heats, Round One: Tlotliso Leotlea, Anaso Jobodwana, Clarence Munyai
01:35 am (Wednesday): Women’s Javelin, qualifying: Sunette Viljoen
02:05 am (Wednesday): Women’s long jump, qualifying: Linique Prinsloo
02:10 am (Wednesday): Women’s 400m hurdles semi-finals, Wenda Nel
02:42 am (Wednesday): Men’s 400m hurdles semi-finals, LJ van Zyl


14:40 Women’sK1 200m B-Final: Bridgitte Hartley


18:05 Men’s 470 class, Races eight, nine and 1:, Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson


14:00 Men’s 10km open water race: Chad Ho


11:23: Here’s an update on the German canoe coach, who was in an accident earlier this week. Story from AFP:

A German canoe slalom coach died on Monday after he suffered serious head injuries in a taxi accident at the Rio Olympics, team officials said.

Stefan Henze, 35, a former world champion and 2004 Olympic silver medallist, died in hospital surrounded by close family members.

German flags will be flown at half-mast at Olympic sites on Tuesday in honour of Henze, who was travelling from the canoe slalom venue in a taxi when the accident happened in the early hours of Friday.

“We are endlessly sad on this day. Words cannot describe what we as the Olympic team feel after this terrible loss,” said German Olympic committee president Alfons Hoermann.

Henze’s family released a statement saying: “We know Stefan’s own Olympic thoughts live on in a lot of people.”

Henze needed emergency surgery after Friday’s crash and doctors had described his condition as life-threatening.

11:01: Most of the South African action will happen very late tonight. Or early tomorrow morning. Depending on how pedantic you want to be about this stuff. There’s some MORE track cycling coming up today, some canoeing and it’s the semi-finals of the women’s football with Brazil playing Sweden and Germany taking on Canada. It’s also the men’s hockey semis and South Africa’s Chad Ho is swimming 10km in open water from 14:00. As ever, we’ll endeavour to keep you in the loop. DM

Photo: Anaso Jobodwana of South Africa celebrates after placing third in the men’s 200m final during the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium, also known as Bird’s Nest, in Beijing, China, 27 August 2015. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON


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