FIVE MORE MEDALS FOR SA JUNIORS

 
Updated: March 6, 2015

The national junior squad gained momentum on Friday, bagging five more medals at the African Junior Athletics Championships in Addis Ababa.
One-lap hurdler Larry Lombaard and sprinter Tamzin Thomas led the charge, both securing gold to lift South Africa’s total medal tally to seven after two days of competition.
Lombaard won the men’s 400m hurdles final in 51.80 seconds, finishing 0.33 clear of Ethiopian silver medallist Abebe Robi.
Thomas blitzed to victory in the women’s 100m final in 11.69, with Nigerian Aniekme Alphonsus grabbing silver in 11.83, while South African Simone du Plooy took fourth place in 12.28.
Meanwhile, Tshepang Makhethe earned silver in the men’s hammer throw with a best heave of 74.28m, just 18cm behind Egypt’s Ahmed Ismail, while countryman Alan Cumming was fourth with a best attempt of 66.68m.
In the women’s triple jump, Zinzi Chabangu held her own in a tight contest, securing a hard-fought bronze medal with a 13.03m leap.
Commonwealth Games long jump champion Ese Brume of Nigeria won gold with a 13.16m jump.
Jason van Rooyen took the bronze medal in the shot put with a 17.73m effort and compatriot Johan Scholtz settled for fifth position, nearly two metres further back.
Darren de Bruin ended fifth in the men’s 100m final in 10.86.

* See results of finals in our Results section