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- Updated: July 20, 2010
Newly crowned African junior long jump record-holder Luvo Manyonga and decathlon specialist Gert Swanepoel will be among the nine Team SA athletes who will be in action on the national team’s first day of competition at the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada on Tuesday.
The championships got underway on Monday with a spectacular opening ceremony, with just one event scheduled, the women’s 3000m.
Manyonga, who set an African junior best of 8.19 metres in Germany 10 days ago, will be joined by fellow Stellenbosch athlete Stefan Brits from Paul Roos Gymnasium, who posted a qualifying performance of 7.66 metres in a track and field meeting in Italy 13 days ago.
Free State-based Swanepoel will compete in the 100m (career best time of 10.96sec), long jump (career best distance of 7.04m), shot put (career best of 12.91m), high jump (career best of 2.02m) and 400m (career best of 48.58).
University of the Free State’s Ratlale Mokone will be a part of the 1500m heats, starting with a lifetime best of 3 min 43.52 secs.
Free State speedster Gideon Trotter and Johannesburg-based Waide Jooste will come under starter’s orders in the 100m with season best times of 10.41 and 10.43 respectively, while Jacques de Swardt (season best of 46.08) of Afrikaans Seuns Hoerskool in Tshwane and Boland’s Shaun de Jager (season best of 46.82) will carry Team SA’s hopes in the 400 metres.
North West University’s Tazmin Brits, with a qualifying best of 56.18 metres in the javelin, will be the first of Team SA’s female competitors to take part in Moncton.