Michaela Whitebooi wins judo gold at Commonwealth Games



Judoka Michaela Whitebooi and artistic gymnast Caitlin Rooskrantz kept the nation’s medal count up on Monday as several codes joined the hunt for Team SA on day four of the commonwealth games in Birmingham.

Whitebooi has been superb in the judo competition, going through the rounds in the women’s 48kg division.

She beat Ashleigh-Anne Barnikel of Wales in the quarter-final before sweeping Amy Platten of England in the semi-final.

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In the final, the 26-year-old Olympian outclassed Indian Shushila Devi Likmabam to win the gold medal.

Rooskrantz also performed well in the women’s uneven bars final, with the 20-year-old African champion taking third place with 13,433 points.

Georgia-May Fenton won gold for the English hosts (13,900) and Australia’s Georgia Godwin took silver (13,500) ahead of the South African star, who had a career-best result with the bronze medal.

Caitlin Rooskrantz
Caitlin Rooskrantz on the podium at the Commonwealth Games. Photo: Gallo Images

Another South African gymnast, Naveen Daries, settled for seventh place in the women’s vault final.

Elsewhere at the Multi-Sport Games, the South African women’s four-man bowls team was guaranteed a medal on Tuesday after progressing to the gold medal game.

The national quartet – Thabelo Muvhango, Bridget Calitz, Esme Kruger and Johanna Snyman – beat Fiji 16-14 in the semi-finals yesterday to set up a final against India, with gold or silver on the line.

The South African swim team was also aiming to add to their medal tally on Monday night.

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After collecting five medals in the pool during the first three days of competition, the national team was due to participate in several finals during the evening session of the fourth day.

Pieter Coetze was the fastest qualifier for the men’s 50m backstroke, while Erin Gallagher (50m butterfly) and Rebecca Meder (200m individual medley) finished second fastest in the semifinals of their events respective positions and were also aiming for podium places in the final.

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Christian Sadie was scheduled to compete in the men’s S7 50m freestyle final and the national team was in contention for the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay.

Before Monday’s evening session, the SA team had won eight medals at the Games (five gold, one silver and two bronze).