All eyes on SA sprint duo and shot put in Monday’s Games finals

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A trio of South African athletes had no trouble in the preliminary rounds on Sunday, booking their places in medal contests at the Commonwealth Games as the athletics competition got underway at Gold Coast, Australia.

In the 100m men semi-finals, Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies both finished second in their heats to reach Monday’s final.

Simbine held something back, coasting home comfortably in 10.12, while Bruintjies crossed the line in 10.26.

“It’s a bit late (in the evening) but I’m ready, confident and excited for tomorrow’s final,” says Simbine.

Shot putter Orazio Cremona, launched a 19.24m effort, clearing the required 19.00m mark for automatic qualification.

His final is also due to be contested on Monday.

In other events on Sunday, Lebo Shange (1:23:27) and Wayne Snyman (1:28:09) were unable to mount a challenge in the 20km Men Walk, settling for ninth and 14th positions, respectively.

Hammer thrower Tshepang Makhethe ended ninth in the final of his specialist discipline with a best attempt of 67.99m.