MUNYAI CLOSES AGE GROUP CHAMPS IN STYLE

 
Updated: April 2, 2016

Teenage sprinter Clarence Munyai stole the show on Saturday, as the ASA Sub-Youth, Youth, Junior and Under-23 Championships came to a close after three days of top-class track and field action in Germiston.
Munyai charged to victory in a highly anticipated junior men’s 200m final, clocking 20.36 seconds to improve his personal best by 0.03.
He was well inside the A-qualifying standard of 20.56 for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland in July.
Silver medallist Gift Leotlela, who had achieved the required 100m mark with a spectacular 10.21 victory in the short dash final the day before, also equalled the required qualifying mark of 20.56 in the half-lap race to guarantee his place in two events for the global U-20 showpiece.
Munyai and Leotlela, both coached by Hennie Kriel at the Tuks-HPC in Pretoria, were the only athletes to achieve the A-standards in their events at the annual national age group spectacle.
A host of athletes met the B-standard requirements in their respective disciplines, however, with a total of 36 youth and junior competitors achieving the feat on the final day.
This brought the total number of athletes who met the required A or B standards to 46 over the three days of competition, with many of them doing so in more than one event.
Meanwhile, 14-year-old double amputee Ntando Mahlangu had a near-packed Germiston Stadium on its feet as he flew down the home straight to earn the bronze medal in the sub-youth boys’ 400m final, defeating all but two of his able-bodied competitors.
Mahlangu, who had already achieved the A-qualifying standards in the 100m and 200m events for the Paralympic Games at the recent Nedbank National Championships for Physically Disabled in Bloemfontein, set a new world senior best of 50.08 seconds in the T42 class.
While the mark will not affect his official world record of 53.19, as the performance was achieved at an able-bodied event, and there is no 400m race in his class at the Rio Games, the teenage speedster again proved himself as a potential future star.