With the athletics portion of the African Games kicking off today, Henricho Bruintjies and Chederick van Wyk have already booked their spot in the 100m sprinting semi-final.
In the 1st heat for the day, the 23 year old Chederick took first place position with a time 10.39 seconds, ahead of Lesotho’s Mosito Lehata (10.47) and Botswana’s Keene Charles Motukisi (10.57).
Competing in the 7th heat, the 26 year old Henricho took first place position with a time of 10.45 seconds, followed by The Gambia’s Adama Jammeh (10.49) and Togo’s Fabrice Dabla (10.60).
With a sub-10 second best of 9.97 seconds, Henricho has been inactive for most of the year due to an injury.
Last year however, he won 100m bronze at the South African Championships and a silver at the Commonwealth Games.
Chederick recently took two silver medals in the 100m and 200m at the World Student Games in Napoli and secured a 100m bronze and 200m silver medal at the South African Championships.
Other South Africans that competed in the 100m all took first place positions, which include Tebogo Mamathu in the women’s race and Thandolwenkosi Dlodo in the men’s race.
The only other nation with more qualifiers is Nigeria, who has had 5 of their athletes all take first place positions.
The semi-finals will commence later in the day.