Team South Africa entered a women’s and men’s team track pursuit outfit at Commonwealth Games in Australia. View the results from Day 1 to 4:
Women’s 4000m team pursuit: This was the first time South Africa had entered a women’s team track pursuit outfit at Commonwealth Games and the combination of Ilze Bole, Charlene du Preez, Adelia Neethling and Elfriede Wolfaardt ended sixth of seven teams in qualifying. In a qualifying round dominated by Australia (a Games record 4min 17.218sec), they managed to beat India. Importantly, they also smashed the old South African record of 5:22:417 when they broke the 5min barrier with a time of 4:51.224.
Men’s 4000m team pursuit: The SA men’s side ended sixth of eight teams as New Zealand were disqualified. Like their female counterparts, the combination of Steve Van Heerden, David Maree, Nolan Hoffman and Gert Fouche also rewrote the record books. They beat the old mark of 4:18.194 set in Glasgow as they rode a time of 4:11.711. Fastest to the final were Australia (also in a Games record of 3:52:041. Code manager Ricky Kulsen will be proud of the fact that although neither team progressed to the final they at least showed that they are getting quicker and quicker.
Women’s 3000m Individual Pursuit qualifying: While none of the women went through to the evening final… there was much to smile about. Charlene du Preez set a new South African record of 3min 45.764sec in finishing 18th in the 22-strong field. Ilze Bole and the young Danni van Niekerk were 19th and 21st respectively and their times of 3:53,312 and4:03.570 were both comfortable personal bests.
Men’s 4000m Individual Pursuit: Just like their women counterparts, Steven van Heerden, Gert Fouche, Joshua van Wyk all showed that while they may not have medalled or made the final they’ve all made progress at the Games. Van Heerden also notched up a national mark with his 4:32.921 which was good for 19th spot. Fouche was 21st in 4:35.783 and Van Wyk 26th with a time of 4:43.335. It was a brutal qualifying with the four men in the final all having broken the Commonwealth Games record. All the South Africans improved on their previous bests by between six and 12 seconds.
Men’s 15km Scratch Race, Heat One: Former world silver medallist in this event, Nolan Hoffman ended 14th and last, failing to qualify for the final. The race was won by John Archibald of Scotland.
Men’s 15km Scratch Race, Heat One:
David Maree ended eighth to book a place in the final but Joshua van Wyk failed to finish.
Men’s 40km points race, Qualifying round, Heat One: David Maree ended 10th with a score of 5 and was one of 12 qualifiers for the evening final. Winner of the 16-strong heat was England’s Ethan Hayter.
Men’s 40km points race, Qualifying round, Heat Two: Steven van Heerden and Nolan Hoffman joined compatriot Maree in the final when they finished sixth and eighth respectively. They returned points tallies of 23 and 12 as England’s Oliver Wood took race honours.