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Izelle wins SA’s 11th medal

Izelle Neuhoff earned South Africa’s 11th medal at the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore on Monday.

She was part of an African athletics team that finished second to earn a silver medal behind the Americas team in the girls medley final on the track. The four-girl team combined for a time of 2min 06.19sec in a race that features legs of 100, 200, 300 and 400 metres.

Also on the track Thato Makhafola placed eighth in the girls’ 1000-metre final. The 16-year-old was the only South African involved in an A-final on Monday and clocked 2min 52.65sec. The race was won by Ethiopia’s Tizita Ashame in a personal best 2:43.24.

There was still something for South Africans to celebrate though as Michael Cilliers set a personal best 4.60 metres to win the boys pole vault B-Final.

He cleared 4.60 with this third attempt and then failed with three attempts at 4.70m. His winning height was 10cm higher than runner-up Reese Watson of the US.

In another B Final Schalk Burger took honours in the boys 400m hurdles, clocking 52.39sec.

Then Stiaan Minnie placed sixth in the boy’s hammer B-final. He threw 63.30m with his third attempt after earlier throws of 54.65 and 62.11. Winner was Mexico’s Diego De Real with a 69.66m hurl.

In the women’s triple jump, Valentina da Rocha failed to start the event due to injury.

In basketball action our boys team finally recorded a win when they downed Panama 21-13 in a round-robin fixture to end 19th overall.