Prudence Sekgodiso: women’s 1500m winner (4:16:38)
I am excited and came here to do the 1500m and 800m double. I succeeded in the 1500m and on Saturday, I want to add the 800m title. I came here with a plan and knew that I could do it.
Antonio Alkana: men’s 110m winner (13.48)
I am not happy with my time and with better weather conditions, I could have run a faster time. The wind affected my performance. I dedicate this title to my late mother. She died in 2018 and supported my athletics career. I wouldn’t have achieved this without her support and care in this journey. I am not as fast as I can be. We are working on the speed to try and qualify for the Commonwealth Games.
Marione Fourie: women’s 100m hurdles winner (13.43)
It feels great to be a South African champion. The wind made it difficult, but I managed a podium finish. I came here with a plan to win the national title. I wanted to run a sub-13, but the weather played a part. I want to run a fast time at the African championships in Mauritius in June.
Mpho Links: men’s high jump winner (2.25m)
It feels good to add my third national title in a row. I executed what the coach told me to do. I was nervous in the beginning, but I did it. The conditions were perfect and allowed me to go to a good height. I want to dedicate this win to my girlfriend. I will compete at the University Sport South Africa championships in Cape Town in two weeks and go to Europe. I love competing in Cape Town and I managed three personal best here.
Ashley Smith: men’s 3000m steeplechase winner (8.43.20)
I defended my title and I am grateful to win another big race. I had a sinus infection and I needed to focus on my school work. I missed the World Championships qualifying time by six seconds. I have the University Sport South Africa Championships in two weeks. I love racing against Rantso Mokopane and look up to him. I dedicate this win to my dad. He came to watch me run live for the first time.
Kyle Blignaut: Men’s shotput winner (20.09m)
I am happy to throw 20 metres again. But I want to go back to the drawing board with the coach to work on throwing 21m. We have to discuss and work a little bit hard. I wanted to defend my title. I will take a break and go to the African Championships in Mauritius in good form in July. In the future, I want to throw 22m.
Lizandre Mulder: Women’s 3000m Steeplechase second place (10:44:14)
I have never won a national title and I am happy to go home with a silver medal. We started slow and I got too nervous. It was hard. I came close to winning the gold medal. I want to dedicate my performance to my family and coach.
Zakithi Nene: Men’s 400m semi-finals 1 winner (46:68)
I came here to defend my title and I am on course to do that. Saturday is a big day for me. I wanted to go into the final with two wins.
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