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A team of 56 athletes will do duty for Team SA at the Africa Junior Track and Field Championships in Gaberone, Botswana on 12-15 May.

Twenty-seven junior women and 29 junior men will travel north and it’s a formidable team.

Of the 56 athletes selected, no less than 13 are in the top 10 of the world rankings and two are ranked number one in the world. This bodes well for South Africa’s medal chances.

Wade van Niekerk’s 20.57sec winning time at the Yellow Pages SA Senior Championships sees him sit on top of the world, literally. He is the fastest half lapper in the world right now. Mpho Maputha’s 8m leap at the Yellow Pages Junior Championships also sees him top of the pile while┬á Samantha Pretorius (6.44m) and Roelf Pienaar (7.87m) are both ranked second in the world.

New South African record holder in the junior men’s 100m hurdles, Tsepo Lefete is part of a breed of sprinters coming out of the Free State ÔÇô Van Niekerk is another one ÔÇô and his 13.71sec run in Germiston sees him sitting at No 4 in the world. Only a Cuban, an Jamaican and an American lie ahead of the South African junior champion.

South Africa senior bronze medallist Justine Palframan and SA junior champion Anri Steyn hold the 7th and 10th spot in the world respectively. Steyn clocked 53.69sec to win the junior title whilst a resurgent Palframan 53.35sec is getting back to her best after a hamstring injury. Palframan is a class athlete with a 52.88sec clocking behind her name at the Zone VI meeting in Manzini, Swaziland late last year.

Men
Gideon Trotter (AFS) 100m, Wade van Niekerk (AFS) 100, 200m, Siphelo Ngqabaza (AFS) 200m, Jannie Briers-Louw (BOL) 400m, Fernando Ledimo (AFS) 400m, Rynhardt van Rensburg (AFS) 800m, Armin Botha (CGA) 1500m, Jeromy Andreas (WPA) 5000m, Mfumaneko Fadane (ATRA) 10,000m, Pieter Wilders (CGA) 3000m steeplechase, Werner Pretorius (AGN) 110m hurdles, Tsepo Lefete (AFS) 110m hurdles, Shaun van Wyk (CNW) 400m hurdles, Taariq Solomons (WPA) 400m hurdles, Rocco van Rooyen (Bol) javelin, Dean Goosen (CNW) javelin, Charl Grobler (AGN) discus, Johnny Botha (CGA) shot put, Marnus van Zyl (MPU) shot put, Stiaan Minnie (EPA) hammer, Donovan Stebbing (CGA) hammer, Jan Steytler (AFS) high jump, Mpho Maphuta (AGN) long jump, Roelf Pienaar (CNW) long jump, Miqael Cilliers (AGN) pole vault, JF Burgers (Bol) pole vault, Jason Roux (AGN) decathlon, Ruan Wessels (CNW) 10km walk, Mfana Mbatha (CGA) 10km walk

Women
Samantha Pretorius (WPA) 100m, long jump, Chante van Tonder (CGA) 100m, Zanri van der Merwe (AGN) 200m, Sonja vd Merwe (WPA) 200m, Anri Steyn (CGA) 400m, Justine Palframan (KZNA) 400m, Happiness Mkhize (AGN) 800m, Danel Prinsloo (AFS) 1500m, Dominique Scott (WPA) 3000m, Letitia Snyman (AGN) 5000m, Sylvia Tshetlanyane (CGA) 5000m, Liriska Botha (AFS) 100m hurdles, Rikenette Steenkamp (AGN) 100m hurdles, Ane Fourie (WPA) 400m hurdles, Jean-Marie Senekal (Bol) 400m hurdles), Annemie Smith (SWD) hammer, Magdalene Louw (EPA) hammer, Simone Meyer (KZNA) discus, Ischke Senekal (EPA) discus, shot put, Valentina da Roche (WPA) triple jump, heptathlon, Danelle Erwee (AFS) triple jump, Kyla Gilbert (CGA) long jump, Jeanne van Dyk (EPA) pole vault, Marcelle du Plessis (Bol) high jump, Estie Brits (CGA) 3000m steeplechase, Inge VIljoen (AGN) 5km heptathlon, Inge Kotze (CNW) 5km walk


5 comments
Mark Etheridge
Mark Etheridge

Good point Ronell .. I'll see if I can find something out for you!

Ronell
Ronell

Just wondering where the girls Javelin athletes are, as they have qualified for the event

athletics supporter
athletics supporter

Indien atlete op hierdie byeenkoms goed/uitstekend presteer wat word dan van hierdie kinders? Weer op hulle eie genade oorgelaat of gaan ASA hulle identifiseer en voorberei vir die Wereldkampioenskappe volgende jaar en vir die Olimpiese Spele in 2016? Hulle het motivering nodig want dis skoolverlaters en dis hier waar ons atlete verloor!! Hou atletiek lewendig in SA en gee hulle iets om voor te werk.

athletics fan
athletics fan

Well done to all of you that have been chosen go out and make our country proud !!.I`ts fantastic that such a large team has been chosen and a true indication of the talent that exists in our junior athletes at the moment.

steven
steven

Now this is what we talking about, giving enough exposure to our youngsters. Take Wayde for instance 4th fasters time in South Africa last year in the 200m, before being chosen in the SA team for Junior World Champs. He ended up being the 4th fastest in the world. We hope that more of our athletes will show some BMT on the world stage. This year he won both the SA Junior and Senior titles in his specialist event, the 200m. He currently rank 1st in the world juniors and 5th in the world seniors. Thanks to ASA, coaching and his temprement. Heres to SASCOC for having a vision on the Olympics as well. Athletics are the code that can provide this currently since our athletes are rank amongst the top 5 in the world currently. This is going to be the best two years for our SA athlete. I can feel it (Phillip is here)