Bad day for SA athletes

BEIJING - It was a bad day at the office for Team South Africa with fencers, rowers and yesterday morning's swimmers all failing to go through to the next round.

BEIJING - It was a bad day at the office for Team South Africa with fencers, rowers and yesterday morning's swimmers all failing to go through to the next round.

With the rain postponing tennis and potentially the hockey, it will be up to last night's swimming session to salvage the day.

Rowers Alex White and Kirsten McCann competing in the 2000m lightweight double sculls hang their hopes on tomorrow's round after coming last in their heat which was won by Germans Annika Carow and Marie-Louise Draeger in 6:min 51,96sec. White and McCann were in the most competitive heat of the day which was led out by Canada but caught over the final 500m by the German pairing who commenced their drive from halfway

The South Africans are drawn in the first heat alongside Japan, US and Finland which will make progression difficult.

Epee trio of Michael Woods, Dario Torrentte and Sello Maduma were all knocked out in their first rounds of the individual competition. Woods went down to Ukraine's Bogdan Nikishyn 7-15, while Team SA's oldest athlete Torrente tied the first round before succumbing to Portugal's Joaquim Videira 15-10.

Maduma provided the best performance of the day coming back from being down 5-10 in the first round, to 12-14, before losing 12-15.

The trio compete in the team event on Friday where they face China who is ranked only one place higher in eighth.

The South African angling crew of Jennifer Provan, Martha Henderson and Katie Abbott have 36 points. - Sapa

(See also Page 34)

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