Updated: July 19, 2016


The SA team enjoyed a solid opening session on day one of the World U-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland on Tuesday, with four of the five athletes in action making it through the morning programme unscathed.
Sprinter Gift Leotlela coasted though the first round of the men’s 100m sprint, winning his heat in 10.32 to book his place in Wednesday’s semifinals.
Phemelo Matlhabe, who replaced Clarence Munyai in the short dash, ended seventh in his heat in 11.99 and was eliminated.
Munyai, a late withdrawal, opted to focus on the 200m event later in the week.
In the women’s javelin throw, Jo-Ane van Dyk delivered the sixth furthest attempt in the qualifying round.
Her 54.06m effort was enough to secure her spot in the final of her specialist discipline, to be held on Wednesday.
Jason van Rooyen and Burger Lambrecht both progressed to the final of the men’s shot put, which would be held later in the evening session.
Van Rooyen produced the 10th best throw of the qualifying round, with a heave of 18.79m, and Lambrechts was ranked 12th with his 18.44m effort, snatching the last available spot in the medal contest.

Schedule of SA athletes competing in the evening session at the World U-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz on Tuesday (19 July, 2016):

7.10pm – 400m heats, women (Jeanelle Griesel)
8pm – shot put final, men (Jason van Rooyen, Burger Lambrecht)
8.30pm – 10 000m final, men (Kabelo Melamu)

* The evening session will be broadcast live on SuperSport 6