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Terrific effort by Kyle Blignaut in shot put final, but disaster strikes SA 4x100m relay team

It was a nightmare for South Africa’s 4x100m relay squad as they failed to complete their race after a mix-up with the first exchange of the baton.

2021-08-05 07:29:00 AM

It was a nightmare for South Africa’s 4x100m relay squad as they failed to complete their race after a mix-up with the first exchange of the baton. Tokyo2020 Olympics TeamSA By AshfakMohamed IOLSport

It was a nightmare for South Africa’s 4x100m relay squad as they failed to complete their race after a mix-up with the first exchange of the baton.

In contrast, Crouser pulled off a new Olympic record of 22.83m in his first round, which he improved to 22.93m in his second attempt.Blignaut didn’t register a distance in his second round, and was outside the top eight athletes who would be allowed three more attempts.

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But he displayed his big-match temperament with a superb effort of 21.00m in his third round, which catapulted him into fifth position.Unfortunately for Blignaut, a former South African, Zane Weir – who now represents Italy – forced his way into fifth with a new personal best of 21.41m.

Blignaut wasn’t able to improve on his 21.00m distance, finishing with 20.96m and 20.46m, and he stepped out of the circle when his final attempt went awry, and he had to settle for sixth.ALSO READ: Tatjana Schoenmaker can go even faster, says her coach Rocco Meiring headtopics.com

But it was a terrific performance, and bodes well for next year’s world championships and the 2024 Paris Olympics.Crouser, just to underline his dominance, launched a massive last effort of 23.30m, which was just seven centimetres short of his world record 23.37m, to claim the gold medal ahead of Kovacs (22.65m) and Walsh (22.47m).

Meanwhile, in the 4x100m relay heat one, South Africa would have felt confident of getting through to the final. They lost Gift Leotlela to a hamstring tear following the 100m semi-finals, but had an in-form Shaun Maswanganyi, who did well to reach the semi-finals of both the 100m and 200m.

ALSO READ: Tough luck for Alkana in 110m hurdles, Mashele and Van Rooyen also bow outChederick van Wyk came in as a replacement for Leotlela, with the formation as follows – Clarence Munyai, Maswanganyi, Van Wyk and Akani Simbine.Munyai got off to a reasonable start from the blocks in lane seven, and got to Maswanganyi in about fifth spot.

But as the exchange of the baton occurred, Maswanganyi just stopped as it seemed like he tripped when his feet got tangled up with that of Munyai.It is not clear if the 20-year-old was injured, but he didn’t run any further and held his hands over his head and then his mouth in disbelief as he peered at the big screen alongside Munyai, who looked understandably shell-shocked. headtopics.com

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