Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SA YOUTH TEAM WIN AFRICAN CHAMPS
Sprint sensation Gift Leotlela led the charge at the African Youth Championships, as South Africa romped to the top of the medals table in Reduit, Mauritius.
Leotlela, who set a national Under-17 200m record in Pretoria earlier this season, secured three gold medals at the four-day continental showpiece, which came to a close on Sunday.
He won the boys’ 100m final in 10.38, edging compatriot Kyle Appel by 0.11, before adding the 200m crown in 20.84, more than half a second clear of Botswana’s Thabiso Sekgopi, and capping his campaign by anchoring the medley relay team to victory.
Fellow sprinter Nicola de Bruyn and hurdles specialist Taylon Bieldt also bagged three medals each.
De Bruyn won the girls’ 100m final in 24.01 and the 200m in 23.59, and played a key role in the medley relay team’s silver medal.
Bieldt displayed impressive dominance in both hurdles events, winning the 100m race over the barriers by more than a full second in 13.30, and the one-lap event by more than two seconds in 59.22, before joining the relay squad on the podium.
Four other SA athletes showed their versatility by earning two medals each — Mpho Tladi (boys’ 100m hurdles gold, medley relay gold), Patrick Duvenhage (boys’ discus throw silver, shot put bronze), Madia Ehlers (girls’ 100m bronze, medley relay silver) and Yolandi Stander (girls’ shot put gold, hammer throw bronze).
Pierre Vermaak produced perhaps the bravest performance of the entire national team, winning the boys’ 10 000m walk by more than two minutes in 46:09.53, just days after the death of his father and coach, Frik Vermaak.
South Africa finished top of the table with 29 medals (17 gold, six silver and six bronze), followed by Kenya with a total of 19 (eight gold, nine silver and two bronze) and Nigeria with six (two gold and four silver).
Results of finals are available on our Results page