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Athletics strike gold
- Updated: September 11, 2011
By Gareth Duncan
in Douglas, the Isle of Man
South Africa’s athletics team won gold in the men’s javelin, triple jump and 4x100m relay events at the Commonwealth Youth Games on Sunday.
The South African and World junior record holder Moolman threw a distance of 81.53m to win his third major international medal this year. The 17-year-old won the gold at the Southern Region Youth Championship in May in Namibia, reaching a distance of 81.73m on that occasion. He followed that performance with a silver medal finish at the World Youth Championship in France last July with a throw of 80.99m.
He continued his impressive form at the Commonwealth Youth Games. Despite the poor weather conditions in the coastal town of Douglas, Moolman cleared his nearest competitor, Australia’s Luke Cann, by 6.32m to win the event.
Shortly after Moolman’s podium finish, Sithembiso Janki reached 14m85 in the triple jump to win his event. England’s Jimi Tele came second with a distance of 14m60. South Africa were then the surprise winners of the 4x100m men’s relay as the team of Bradley Britz, Pieter Conradie, Johannes Pretorius and Andries van der Merwe finished ahead of England and Canada.
Athletics have contributed the most gold medals (five) to South Africa’s tally. This sees the team lie third on the overall medal table behind Australia and England respectively.