Athletics 16.8.2016 05:35 am

Alkana, Nel through to semis

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 26: Wenda Nel clears the last hurdle in the women's 4x400m relay during the afternoon session on day 5 of the CAA 20th African Senior Championships at Kings Park Athletic stadium on June 26, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 26: Wenda Nel clears the last hurdle in the women's 4x400m relay during the afternoon session on day 5 of the CAA 20th African Senior Championships at Kings Park Athletic stadium on June 26, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)

Both SA athletes in action progressed beyond the opening rounds of their events, on a quiet morning for the national athletics squad at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday.

World Championships finalist Wenda Nel had no trouble in the women’s 400m hurdles heats, taking second place in her race in 55.55 and booking her place in the semifinals to be held in the early hours of Wednesday morning (SA time).

Antonio Alkana settled for fifth position in his 110m hurdles heat, held in pouring rain, in 13.64 to reach the next round as a ‘fastest loser’.

While reports suggested some of the earlier races would be rerun, it seemed Alkana’s heat would not be affected.

The national team had racked up seven medals (one gold, five silver and one bronze) after 10 days of competition at the multi-sport showpiece.

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