DUT DURBAN CAMPUS RULES IN ATHLETICS
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
Berea 155 athlete, Sandile Dlamini, became a hero for the Durban University of Technology (DUT) Durban Campuses during the Central Housing Committee (CHC) Sports Day.
In Pietermaritzburg, Indumiso Campus on Saturday, CHC held its annual sports day and athletics proved to be a strong sporting code for the Durban side.
DUT claimed various medals on the race track, led by Dlamini who obtained two gold and one bronze.
He came third in the men’s 100 metres after his two teammates, gold medallist Mthokozisi Vilakazi and runner-up Nqubeko Msane, led the race.
Berea-based man redeemed themselves in the 4×100 relay, although their first runner Buzwe Shiba struggled for pace against his opponents; Msane and Vilakazi managed to recover lead the race by the second lap.
They produced a stunning finish to get their first gold medal in the event to prove that they are “good fast athletes” in the institution.
Dlamini said that he was nervous after the first runner failed to live up to expectations.
“When the relay started and our man was behind, I saw a challenge as the last man in the relay. Usually the first runner determines the race,” said Dlamini.
After victory in the relay, Dlamini never looked back as he produced a Usain Bolt-esque performance in the 200 metres to claim his second gold of the day.
“I lost in the 100 metres deliberately because before the race we spoke as a team, as they believed that I am the fastest amongst them.
We decided to give the race to one of us and I was prepared to excel in the 200 metres,” he said.
Although Durban women failed to claim gold in the 4×100 relay, they impressed in the individual runs.
Zama Mbhele received the first gold in the women’s 100 metres leaving behind