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Mixed fortunes in Spain

Day two of the World Junior Championships saw mixed fortunes for Team South Africa at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday.

Pieter Conradie qualified for the semi-finals in the men’s 400-metre with a time of 46.70sec in the heats on Wednesday, but could not secure a spot for the final when he placed fifth in that race.┬á His time was 46.87sec. Teammate Ruan Greyling did not make it past the heats as he finished third in 47.65sec.┬á The first two positions automatically qualified qualify for the next round as well as the two fastest times.

National  800m youth record holder, Monique Stander, lined up in the semi-finals in her event, with little experience other than the Southern Region junior Championships in Windhoek, Namibia behind her name and the 17-year-old finished fourth in 2:05.29.

In the semi-final of the men’s 100m, Siphelo Ngqabaza and Fana Mofokeng finished fifth and eighth respectively and did not make it to the final.┬á Ngqabaza clocked 10.47sec while Mofokeng crossed the line in 10.69sec.

Bernard Pretorius was in good shape in the heats of the men’s 400m hurdles and led the race, but hit the last hurdle, costing him a spot in the semi-finals. In the end he crossed the line in 57.21sec.┬á Teammate, Taariq Solomons, ran 52.95sec to finish fifth in his heat.

Some of the action on Thursday’s day three of the Championships includes the heats of the men’s and women’s 200m, 400m hurdles heats for women, the qualifying rounds of the women’s long jump as well as the qualifying rounds in the men’s javelin throw where Morne Moolman, the SA youth record holder, will compete.

South Africa can look forward to an exciting line-up in the men’s discusthrow with Gerhard de Beer in the final.┬á SA 400m champion Justine Palframan will line up in the semi-finals of the women’s 400m.