Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SA JUNIORS SHINE ON FINAL DAY
The SA junior squad finished their campaign in style on Sunday, bagging nine more medals to end second in the final standings at the African Junior Championships in Addis Ababa.
Battling strong winds in the Ethiopian capital, the nation’s elite women again led the way, with Gezelle Magerman, Monique Wagner and Jo-Ann van Dyk all securing gold medals, while Johan Scholtz also reached the top step on the podium.
Magerman, who won the country’s only medal at last year’s Youth Olympics, stormed to victory in the women’s 400m hurdles final in 59.41 seconds, nearly a full second ahead of Nigerian silver medallist Daisy Akpofa.
In the shot put, Wagner won with a best attempt of 13.96m, with Judith Anulika of Nigeria settling for second place (13.53m).
Van Dyk completely dominated the javelin throw with a best heave of 49.47m, more than three metres ahead of another Nigerian athlete, Kelechi Nwanaga.
Scholtz also won comfortably in the men’s discus throw, launching a 57.57m effort.
Hassan Elshabrawy of Egypt took second place (54.74), while South African Jason van Rooyen was third (52.68m).
Meanwhile, Mpho Links produced a 2.10m leap to bag silver in the men’s high jump, just two centimetres below Algerian Hichem Bouhanoune’s winning attempt.
In the women’s long jump, Carla Johnson also pocketed the silver medal with a 5.92m effort, with Commonwealth Games champion Ese Brume of Nigeria soaring to victory (6.33m).
Zinzi Chabangu, the triple jump bronze medallist, finished 12th in the single leap discipline (4.95m) and was eliminated at the cut after three rounds.
Rivaldo Robberts took the bronze medal in the men’s 110m hurdles final in 14.27, missing out on silver by just 0.03 seconds, with Hanno Coetzer ending fourth in 14.52.
Versatile athlete Nienka du Toit, lying second overnight in the heptathlon, lost some ground in the last three events but held on to scoop the bronze medal with 4 490 points.
Simone du Plooy (24.52) and Robyn Haupt (24.53) took fourth and fifth positions respectively in the women’s 200m event.
South Africa finished with a total of 23 medals (nine gold, seven silver and seven bronze) after four days of competition.
* See our Results section for full results and the final medals table