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Central Gauteng steeplechase athlete Thato Makhafola and Western Province triple jumper Valentina da Rocha set national junior records with 26 athletes having posted world junior championship qualifying performances during the two-day Yellow Pages SA Youth and Junior Track and Field Championships, which ended in Germiston on Sunday.

With the 2000 metres steeplechase making its debut on the programme at the national junior showpiece event, Makhafola produced a best effort of 7min 21.00sec while da Rocha leapt to the 12.77m mark ÔÇô bettering Mariana Banting’s SA junior record of 12.54.

On Saturday, Central Gauteng’s Cheyne Rhame set a national junior best of 5.50 in the pole vault, while George-based hammer thrower Annemie Smith set a national junior record with a throw of 55.25.

A total of 26 athletes (18 men and 8 women) posted qualifying performances in order to be considered for selection to represent SA at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships in Canada in July this year.

Final medal standings:

1 Central Gauteng Athletics  18 gold, 17 silver, 15 bronze,  50 total
2 Athletics Gauteng North    15 gold, 11 silver, 15 bronze,  41 total
3 Athletics Free State          10 gold,   9 silver,   6 bronze, 25 total
4 Boland Athletics                9  gold,   19 silver,  17 bronze, 45 total
5 WP Athletics                     7 gold,    7 silver,    6 bronze,   20 total

Athletes who posted qualifying performances for the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships (in Canada in July) at the Youth and SA Junior Track and Field Championships:

Men:
1    Cheyne Rhame (CGA)                   pole vault      5.50 metres (SA junior record)
2    Ruan van Wyk (WPA)                    pole vault       5.20m
3    Luvo Maniyonga (Bol)                   long jump      8.05m
4    Jacques de Swardt (AGN)              400m            46.08sec
5    Kobus Moolman (AGN)                  110m hurdles 13.84sec
6    Gideon Trotter (AFS)                    100m            10.41sec
7    Waide Jooste (CGA)                     100m            10.43sec
8    Sean de Klerk (AFS)                      100m            10.43sec
9    Shaun de Jager (Bol)                    400m            46.82sec
10    Stefan Brits (Bol)                         Long jump     7.65m
11    Wade van Niekerk (AFS)                200m            21.15sec
12    Thapelo Ketlogetswe (CGA)           400m            46.29sec
13    Steven Mhlongo (CGA)                   800m            1 min 50.40sec
14    Michael du Toit (CGA)                  800m            1 min 50.88sec
15    Rynhardt Van Rensburg (AFS)         800m            1 min 50.22sec
16    Ratlale Mokone (AFS)                   800m            1 min 50.86sec
17    Shaun van Wyk (ACNW)                 400m hurdles 51.94sec
18    Rocco van Rooyen (WPA)               Javelin          73.64m

Women:
1    Annemie Smith (ASWD)                 hammer          55.25m (SA junior record)
2    Rikenette Steenkamp (AGN)          100m hurdles  13.87sec
3    Thato Makhafola (CGA)                 2000m steeple 7 min 21.00sec
4    Valentina da Rocha (WPA)             triple jump    12.77m
5    Bevin Smith (WPA)                       200m            23.93sec
6    Annica Coetzee (EPA)                   800m            2 min 08.62sec
7    Anuschca Nice (AGN)                    800m            2:08.71
8    Jean-Marie Senekal (Bol)               400m hurdles 59.19sec

Athletes who posted qualifying performances for the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships (in Canada in July) at other track and field meetings this season:

Men:
1 Hamman le Roux (ANW)               400m hurdles  52.29sec
2 Shaun van Wyk (CNW)                  400m hurdles  52.31sec
3 Dewald van Heerden (CGA )           Discus           56.50m

Women:
1 Anuschka Nice (CGA)                        800m               2 min 06.92sec
2 Linique Prinsloo ( AGN)                      Long jump       6.17m
3 Tazmin Britz (CNW)                           Javelin             56.18m


2 comments
Rufus Botha
Rufus Botha

What about Charl Grobler (Free State) for the Canada-team? He beat Dewald van Heerden easily at the SA Jnr Champs and thrashed the 54m standard as per the IAAF qualifying standards. Heard a rumour that there were some brochures/papers (Not sure what to call them) of ASA's own standards for Canada which differ from IAAF. Is that true. It is not a problem if ASA Standards are higher than IAAF, but the problem lies in the lower standard of communication from ASA (If such standards as mentioned do exist). If they do exist - where will the media get hold of it? The ASA website is non-existing. Please help. Thanks! Rufus

Genevievè (Genna)
Genevievè (Genna)

Just wana say congratz to Gideon Trotter! Baba, ur fam and friendz all know u'v been working hard at this now it all payed off. U truly hav a gift and im sure u'v noticed that by now, remember God is ur strength in everything u do. Good luck 4 da future... Genna 4 life!