Black and white competitors from South Africa, Rhodesia, Britain, Belgium and Switzerland, took part in this year's South African Open Athletics Championships in Bloemfontein which finished on Saturday (3 April).
GV ZOOM IN Start of men's 400 metres hurdles
CU Black and white officials watch
GV Finish of hurdles
MV Officials looking on
MV Alan Smith (SA) presented with winner's medal
GV Start of men's 5000 metres
MV Competitors pass
MV Black spectators
GV Crowd watching competitors pass (2 shots)
CU Black spectators cheering home winner (Farrell, S.A.) and second (2 shots)
GV PAN Crowd
MV Second and first men presented with medals
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Background: Black and white competitors from South Africa, Rhodesia, Britain, Belgium and Switzerland, took part in this year's South African Open Athletics Championships in Bloemfontein which finished on Saturday (3 April).
More than 200 athletes took part in the two day meeting, including women sprinters, Verona Elder and Donna Murray from Britain, and British hurdler Colin O'Neill.
South African university student, Tinus Van Wyk, won both the men's 100 and 200 metres sprint events, while fellow South African, Alan Smith, won the 400 metres hurdles from O'neill.
In long distance events, W. Farrell of South Africa won the 5,000 metres race from Kenias Tembo of Rhodesia, and set a new Orange Free State record of 14 minutes 4.25 seconds for the distance.
SYNOPSIS: The Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein in South Africa on Saturday, and the start of the men's 400 metres hurdles event in the South African Open Athletics Championships.
Black and white competitors from South Africa, Rhodesia, Britain, Belgium and Switzerland were taking part in the championships.
The hurdles event was won by Alan Smith of South Africa who beat Britain's Colin O'Neill by just under two seconds, in a time of 49.9 seconds.
It's the second time in ten days he's broken 50 seconds for the distance.
Another event that attracted interest was the 5,000 metres race in which W. Farrell of Southern Transvaal and Kenias Tembo of Rhodesia were competing.
Altogether more than 230 athletes from five countries took part in the two days of competition.
Several British competitors, including sprinters, Verona Elder and Donna Murray, competed in other meetings at Johannesburg and Cape Town last Month.
In the men's 5,000 metres race, victory went to Farrell of South Africa who beat the Rhodesian, Kenias Tembo, by just over a second.
In other results, South African Tinus Van Wyk won the 100 and 200 metres men's sprints.
Farrell's time in the 5,000 metres was 14 minutes four and a quarter seconds, more than three seconds inside the Orange Free seconds inside the Orange Free State all-comers record.