Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
JUNIOR WOMEN LEAD SA CHARGE
The nation’s elite women led the way in Addis Ababa on Saturday, as South Africa scooped another seven medals on the penultimate day of the African Junior Championships.
Marlize Higgins led a one-two in the women’s high jump, securing gold with a 1.80m leap, while Julia du Plessis grabbed the silver medal at 1.75m.
In the hammer throw, Stefanie Greyling earned silver, launching a 53.71m effort, and though her best attempt was more than four metres short of Egyptian Israa Mostafa’s winning throw, Letitia Janse van Vuuren made up for it by adding the bronze medal (52.42m).
On the men’s side, Leon Loubser took second place in the javelin throw with a 67.69m heave, as Egypt’s Bahaa Khalil bagged the gold medal (70.09m).
The SA squad’s sprint relay teams also held their own, with Carla Johnson, Simone du Plooy, Robyn Haupt and Tamzin Thomas securing silver in the women’s final in 46.49 seconds, and Larry Lombaard, Rivaldo Robberts, Hanno Coetzer and Darren de Bruin taking bronze in the men’s event in 41.46.
Udelle de Winnaar, the only other South African competing in a final on day three, settled for fifth position in the women’s 5 000m walk in 28:52.85, more than four minutes behind Ethiopian winner Yehualeye Mitiku.
Meanwhile, Nienka du Toit was lying second overnight in the women’s heptathlon with 2 946 points, just 29 points behind Nigerian Temidayo Osinbanjo.
Simone du Plooy (24.87) and Robyn Haupt (25.30) qualified fourth and fifth fastest for Sunday’s final in the women’s 200m sprint, and Rivaldo Robberts (13.66) and Hanno Coetzer (14.31) progressed as the second and eighth fastest athletes in the men’s 110m hurdles event.
Darren de Bruin was eliminated after taking 12th spot overall in the men’s 200m semifinals in 22.18.
South Africa had racked up a total of 14 medals heading into the final day of competition.
* See our Results section for results of finals