In other early action from the wind-swept second day of the continental showpiece, where poor conditions delayed some events and hampered others, Carina Horn finished third in the women’s 100m in 11.14, behind Gina Bass of Gambia in 11.06 and Nigerian Moumouni Aminatou in 11.09.
Tuks prospect Marioné Fourie finished third in the women’s 100m hurdles, behind Tobi Amusan of Nigeria and Liberia’s Ebony Leea Morrison. The first four runners were all inside 13 seconds.
Antonio Alkana, the defending men’s 110m hurdles champion, had to settle for bronze this time around.
Caster Semenya, who has won African titles at 400m, 800m and 1,500m over the years, ended sixth in the 5,000m, more than a minute behind winner Beatrice Chebet of Kenya.
For gold SA had to look to the field, where Werner Visser and Victor Hogan took the top two spots in the men’s discus, trading places on the podium from 2018.
Cheswill Johnson took silver in a men’s long jump final where no competitors cleared 8m, and Shannon Verster ended second in the women’s heptathlon on 5,329 points.
Yvonne Robson finished third in the women’s high jump on count-back, clearing the same 1.79m height as the gold and silver medallists.
Both of SA’s men’s and women’s 4x100m relay teams advanced to the finals.
The meet ends on Sunday.
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