Cheswill Johnson delivered a solid result for himself on Friday night, closing out the South African team's campaign on Friday, the opening day of the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, by putting up a fight in the men's long jump final.
Johnson took fifth place, setting an indoor personal best of 8.14 metres in his first appearance at the World Indoor Championships. Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece won long jump gold with a massive leap of 8.55m, the best jump in the world this year, while Thobias Montler of Sweden secured the silver medal with a national indoor record of 8.38m, and Marquis Dendy of the United States grabbed bronze (8.27m).
Earlier, in the morning session, South African sprinter Zakithi Nene finished third in his first-round 400m heat in 46.92, missing out on a place in the semi-final by 0.20.
With all three members of the SA team competing on day one of the indoor showpiece, national record holder Adriaan Wildschutt finished 10th in his 3 000m heat in 8:09.24 and did not progress to the final.
“The team has given their best against the very best in the world, even though they have not met the mandate of a podium finish for South Africa. They will come back, and we will review this performance including interrogating the report on the competition,” said James Moloi, the President of ASA.