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Thursday, 04 August 2022 22:22

Ndodomzi Ntutu adds another gold medal to the Team SA tally.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

South African para-sprinter Ndodomzi 'Jonathan' Ntutu stormed to gold in the men's T11/T12 100m final in Birmingham on Thursday evening.

Running in lane 3, Ntutu powered through the four-athlete final as he crossed the finish line first in 10.83.

Englishman Achary Shaw took silver in 10.90 and Namibia's Ananias Shikongo rounded off the podium with a time of 10.95.

Ntutu won the first gold in track and field for South Africa, and took the country's medal tally to 21.

Meanwhile South African long jumper Jovan van Vuuren leapt to bronze in the men's long jump final on Thursday at the Alexander Stadium.

Van Vuuren's best attempt was 8.06m to put him in third as Laquan Nairn pf Bahamas took gold and and Indian Sreeskhankar Sreeshankar grabbed silver.

Van Vuuren's bronze takes SA's medal tally to 22 medals.

Elsewhere the last group match saw South Africa take on Scotland at the NEC Arena in Birmingham.

The two sides were meeting for the very first at Commonwealth Games, however, the two had met nine times and South Africa are yet to lose a match against Scotland.

Scotland who are ranked ninth in the world did not come into this game like a team ranked four places behind South Africa as they took the game to them and pushed as hard as they could. They led the match for the better part of the quarter however South Africa found their feet and took charge of the match. At the end of 15 minutes, it was South Africa leading 15 -12.

Both teams came into the second quarter with the same intensity as per the previous one, Scotland were not sitting back.

They continued taking the game to South Africa – however they were not about to give up their lead without a fight. South Africa went into halftime leading 31 -25.

Championship quarter was no different for both teams, Lefebre Rademan took to court in place of Elmere van der Berg and she was the only change that Dorette Badenhorst made. South Africa played better than the two teams as they took the quarter 47 -36.

Badenhorst made one change coming into the last quarter with the introduction of Zanele Vimbela who earned her 50th cap for South Africa at Wing Defense in place of Shadine van der Merwe. Elmere van der Berg made her way back into the game when she replaced Ine Mari Venter. More changes by South Africa saw Tshina Mdau coming into the fray at Wing Defense and Nicola Smith coming back to replace Phumza Maweni.

South Africa won the match 65-46 and will be going to play the classification match for position 5 and 6 place against fellow Africans in Uganda on Friday 05th August 2022.