Leotlela shatters SA junior 100m record

Updated: March 18, 2017

Gift Leotlela now holds the national junior and youth 100m records

Gift Leotlela joined the list of record breakers at the Athletics Gauteng North Championships in Pretoria on Saturday, charging across the line in 10.12 seconds to obliterate the national junior 100m mark.
The 18-year-old World Junior Championships 200m silver medallist won his first-round heat in the Under-20 division, taking 0.07 off the previous SA best set by Akani Simbine in Lusaka in December 2012.
Leotlela added the mark to his SA youth record of 10.20 which he clocked in Apia in September 2015.
Later in the day, Simbine stormed to a season’s best of 9.92 to win the senior men’s 100m final, and 21-year-old Thando Roto shattered his personal best in second place.
Roto crashed through the 10-second barrier, stopping the clock in 9.95. He improved his career best of 10.18, climbing to second place in the all-time national rankings and joining compatriots Simbine (9.89), Henricho Bruintjies (9.97), Simon Magakwe (9.98) and Wayde van Niekerk (9.98) under the magical sub-10 mark.
On Friday’s opening day of competition at Tuks Stadium, Luvo Manyonga had broken the SA long jump record with a leap of 8.62m* and Sokwakhana Zazini had set a world youth best of 48.84 in the 400m hurdles.