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SA JUNIORS TO RETURN HOME WITH THREE MEDALS - All Athletics

SA JUNIORS TO RETURN HOME WITH THREE MEDALS

 
Updated: July 24, 2016

Gift Leotlela, seen here at last year’s Commonwealth Youth Games, was the star performer for the SA team in Bydgoszcz (photo credit: www.athletics-africa.com)

Taylon Bieldt delivered another fine performance on Sunday, bringing South Africa’s campaign to a close after six days of competition at the IAAF World U-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Bieldt, the only SA athlete competing on the final day, took seventh place in the women’s 100m hurdles final in 13.37 seconds, just 0.02 outside the national junior record (not yet ratified) she had set in the semifinals the day before.

Elvira Herman of Belarus won the race in 12.85 to secure gold.

The SA team did well to earn three silver medals at the biennial age group spectacle.

It was the national squad’s largest medal haul at the event since the 2008 edition, also held in Bydgoszscz, where they earned one silver and two bronze.

Earlier in the week, sprinter Gift Leotla had snatched second place in the men’s 200m final in 20.59 seconds, with compatriot Clarence Munyai grabbing fourth spot in 20.77 to miss out on a podium place after dominating the heats and semifinals.

Leotlela also came close to a medal in the 100m dash, finishing in fourth position in 10.28, as both speedsters displayed their tremendous potential ahead of their Olympic debuts in Rio next month.

In the men’s and women’s javelin throw finals, Johan Grobler and Jo-Ane van Dyk both filled the second step on their respective podiums.

Grobler smashed his personal best, going beyond 80 metres for the first time in his career by launching an impressive 80.59m effort behind Indian athlete Neeraj Chopra’s world junior record heave of 86.48m.

Van Dyk produced a best attempt of 57.32m for silver in the women’s event, just 27 centimetres short of Polish gold medallist Klaudia Maruszewska’s winning throw.
* Results of all finals are available in our Results section