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Team SA’s medal rush on hold
- Updated: August 18, 2010
Wednesday proved to be a day without medals for Team South Africa in the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore.
In the only late final involving South Africans our youthful boys side could only manage sixth spot in the 4×100-metre medley.
The side, made up of Murray McDougall, Dylan Bosch, Chad le Clos and Pierre Keune clocked 3min 45.80sec.
In the other aquatics event involving South African Murray McDougall ended eighth in the semi-final and his time of 25.24 in the 50m butterfly was good enough to see him go through to the final. His time in the heats was 25.55.
Earlier a personal best throw saw South Africa’s Dylan Jacobs sailing through to the final of the boys javelin at the Youth Olympics in Singapore on Wednesday.
Jacobs hurled the projectile 71.92 metres with his third and final throw to see him finish sixth in the qualifying list.
Joining him in another track and field final was Rudolph Pienaar in the boys long jump qualifying. Pienaar jumped 7.28 metres with his second jump to also finish as sixth best qualifier.
Rain saw the boys shot put qualifying postponed to Thursday with our sole representative being Frans Schutte.
Also in swimming action Wednesday, Kyla Ferreira was 34th in the 200m freestyle heats with a 2:11.21 return.
Cyclist Julius Jayde ended 21st in the boys time trial, clocking 4:19.85 for the 3.2 kilometre lap, 23.21sec behind the quickest time.
In equestrian action, our Samantha McIntosh, riding for Team Africa, finds herself in joint first place with Australasia and Europe after one round of the jumping competition.
In rowing Akane Makamu and Juliet Donaldson ended 12th in the pairs B-final, clocking 3min 51.35sec.
And in the fencing, Team SA flagbearer Wanda Matshaya of Cape Town was part of the African team that went down 28-25 to the America 2 team, Matshaya losing her match 16-25 to Argentine’s Clara Isabel Di Tella.