VISSER WINS GOLD AT WORLD YOUTH CHAMPS

 
Updated: July 19, 2015

Werner Visser on his way to victory in the discus throw final (photo credit: www.iaaf.org)

Breaking the drought on Saturday, Werner Visser secured South Africa’s first medal on day four of the World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia.
Launching a 64.24m heave, Visser dominated the boys’ discus throw final to pocket the gold medal.
Compatriot Patrick Duvenage, who had taken ninth place in the shot put final earlier in the week, ended seventh with a best attempt of 58.71m.
Middle-distance runner Theuns Ehlers also put up a fight, finishing fifth in the boys’ 800m final in 1:49.32, producing the race of his life to improve his personal best by 0.66.
In the boys’ 400m hurdles final, Morne van As tumbled over a barrier down the home straight, and though he was able to get back up and finish the race, he settled for seventh position in 1:10.74.
Earlier, in the morning session, Pierre Vermaak had struggled in the 10 000m walk final. After keeping pace with the leaders for the first few laps, the SA youth record holder faded dramatically to slip well back and did not finish the race.
Meanwhile, sprinters Kyle Appel and Gift Leotlela set themselves up for a medal chase in the boys’ 200m final, to be held on Sunday’s final day of competition.
Appel won his semifinal in 20.79 seconds and Leotlela was third in his heat in 21.13, and both athletes will fancy their chances of reaching the podium.
Nicola de Bruyn also did well to progress to the final of the girls’ 200m event, taking second place in her semifinal in 23.54.
Javelin throwers Hercules van Vuuren and Paul Botha were both impressive in the javelin throw qualifying round.
Van Vuuren produced a 79.04m effort, smashing his personal best by more than six metres, and Botha launched a 74.60m heave to improve his career record by 66cm, as both athletes reached the final, also to be held late Sunday night (SA time).
The SA 4x400m mixed relay team – Nikolas Marich, Armoure le Roux, Taylon Bieldt and Gianni Lombard – finished third in their heat in 3:26.90, as they too progressed to the final.
South Africa will have six more chances to add to their medal tally in the last session of the global Under-17 championships, which will be broadcast live on Sunday from 9.15pm on SuperSport 9.

* Results of day four finals are available in our Results section