Updated: July 16, 2015

South Africa missed out on their first medal on Wednesday night, with Burger Lambrechts pushed into fourth place in a hard-fought boys’ shot put final, on the opening day of the World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia.
Lambrechts put up a challenge, launching a personal best of 20.97m in the final round but was unable to reach the podium against a strong field, with American Adrian Piperi securing gold (22.00m) as the top three men all went well over 21 metres.
Yolandi Stander finished seventh in the girls’ discus throw final with a season’s best heave of 47.85m, while Alexandra Emilianov of Moldova won the title with a 52.78m attempt.
Meanwhile, Morne van As finished second in his heat in 52.16 seconds, and Gianni Lombard was second in his first-round race in 52.99, as both athletes coasted through to the boys’ 400m hurdles semifinals.
In the girls’ one-lap hurdles, Armoure le Roux missed out on a place in the final by 0.22, taking seventh position in the most competitive of the first-round heats in 1:01.88.
Theuns Ehlers grabbed second place in his 800m heat in 1:51.22 – the third fastest time of the opening round – to reach the semifinals, and Anneke Germishuys progressed with the 10th best heave (49.65m) of the girls’ javelin throw qualifying round, booking her place in the final, while Carli Nieuwenhuizen did not achieve a mark and was eliminated.
There was disappointment for medal hopeful Kyle Appel, who had won his first-round heat in a personal best 10.52 seconds, when he was disqualified from the 100m semifinals for a false start.
Appel will compete in the first round of the 200m event on Friday, along with fellow medal prospect Gift Leotlela.
The morning session on day two will be held on Thursday afternoon (SA time).

* Results of finals are available in our Results section