Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SA TEAM CHASING MEDALS IN CALI
Team South Africa will be confident of bagging their first medal on Saturday, with five athletes targeting podium places on the penultimate day of the World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia.
It was a quiet evening session for the national squad on Friday, after a superb all-round performance earlier in the morning on day three.
Mpho Tladi narrowly missed out on a place in the boys’ 110m hurdles final, taking third place in his semifinal in 13.63 seconds, as he was edged out by 0.02. Compatriot Levert Pieterse was leading his semifinal but stumbled at the last barrier and finished seventh in 14.66, and he too was eliminated.
Liza Kellerman was also knocked out after ending seventh in her heat in the penultimate round of the girls’ 800m event, clocking 2:14.05.
In the morning session, the team had delivered a near flawless performance.
Sprinters Gift Leotlela and Kyle Appel stormed into the boys’ 200m semifinals. Leotlela clocked the fastest time of the first round, crossing the line in 20.82 seconds, and Appel won his heat in 21.52.
Nicola de Bruyn also shone in the girls’ half-lap event, winning her heat in 23.99, and compatriot Madia Ehlers was fourth in her heat in 24.63, with both athletes progressing to the penultimate round.
The boys’ and girls’ 200m semifinals will be held on Saturday night (early Sunday morning, SA time) with the finals scheduled for Sunday.
Werner Visser and Patrick Duvenage were equally impressive in the opening round of the boys’ discus throw.
Visser launched a 61.93m attempt and Duvenage produced a 59.63m heave, as the duo finished second and third among the qualifiers for Saturday’s final.
Pierre Vermaak lines up in the 10 000m walk final in Saturday’s morning session (late Saturday afternoon, SA time), with Theuns Ehlers (800m) and Morne van As (400m hurdles) chasing medals in the evening session.
* Results of finals on day three are available in our Results section