SOLID START FOR SA YOUTH TEAM

 
Updated: July 15, 2015

Seven athletes progressed beyond the first round of their events in the morning session on Wednesday, as South Africa got their campaign off to a great start on the opening day of the World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia.
Sprint prodigy Kyle Appel won his 100m heat in 10.52 seconds, chipping 0.04 off his personal best set in Mauritius in April to book his place in the semifinals in the evening session (to be held early Thursday morning SA time).
Fellow speedster Nikolas Marich also progressed to the next round of the boys’ 400m event, finishing second in his heat in 48.41, and Taylon Bieldt had no trouble going through in the women’s 100m hurdles, ending third in her heat in 13.76.
In the boys’ discus throw qualifiers, both South African representatives coasted through the qualifying round.
Burger Lambrechts was the fourth best of the qualifiers, launching a 19.97m effort to progress to the final, and compatriot Patrick Duvenage produced the sixth best heave of 19.73m.
Yolandi Stander achieved the sixth best attempt of the women’s discus throw qualifiers, launching a season’s best 47.05m effort to progress.
Compatriot Angeline Smit missed a place in the final by 86cm with a best throw of 43.64m.
In the boys’ long jump, Maudas Banda fell 26cm short of a spot in the final, with a best leap of 7.04m in the qualifying round.