North Africans domain field events at African athletics

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North Africans dominated the men's field events on the penultimate day of the Senior African Athletics Championships on Saturday.

Tunisian Hamdi Dhouibi lifted the African pole vault men's gold medal, the first for his nation in the five-day championships.

Dhouibi, a decathlon specialist, secured the gold with his first attempt at the 4.70m, after failing to go past the 4.80m mark.

Algeria's Bourrada Larbi and Soussi Mourad settled for silver and bronze. Larbi cleared 4.60m with his first try while bronze medalist Mourad sailed clear at 4.40m.

Egyptian Abdel Mohsen Anani won the men's hammer throw continental title. Anani took control of the competition with sub 70.0m throws before posting his best of 74.72 in the 5th round.

South African Chris Harmse took the silver with his fifth throw of 72.56m after faulting his last chance, with Egyptian Hesham El Gamel Mostafa taking bronze with a 71.40m in the second last round.

Nigerian Tosin Ole set a new championship mark in the men's triple jump. Ole's leap of 17.22 meters in the fifth round earned him the gold medal. The old mark of 17.23m was set 12 years ago by Ghanaian Andrew Owusu.

Ghana's Margaret Simpson won the women's heptathlon gold medal after topping in all but one of her seven events.

Simpson topped with 6031 points which was way off South African Janet Wienand's 5500 who clinched silver. The bronze went to Lesotho's T'soalei Selloane who amassed 5302 points.

Source: Xinhua


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