Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
Leotlela and Weitsz shine in Cape Town
Sprinter Gift Leotlela and middle-distance runner Simonay Weitsz were the top performers on Saturday, closing out the SA Junior and Youth Championships in style at Cape Town Stadium.
Leotlela stormed to a personal best in the junior men’s 200m final, in the absence of national record holder Clarence Munyai, charging across the line in 20.28 seconds.
Munyai withdrew from the podium race, as a precaution ahead of the SA Senior Championships in Potchefstroom later this month, after picking up a muscle strain in the semifinals.
“I went out hard because I told myself to go hard the whole race,” said Leotlela, the SA 100m record holder in his age group.
“I kept relaxed, kept my composure, and I’m very happy with my time.”
Weitsz, meanwhile, wrapped up an impressive treble.
After winning the junior women’s 1 500m final on Friday, she added the 800m (2:06.96) and 3 000m (9:58.31) titles to her tally.
Zeney van der Walt also delivered a fine performance in the youth girls’ 400m hurdles final, clocking 57.94.
She was just 0.03 outside the national record held by Olympic Youth Games champion Gezelle Magerman.
In the relay events, the Gauteng North team, who dominated the two-day championships, scooped all four 4x100m crowns.