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SA end with two medals

Team SA ended Sunday’s fifth and final day of the IAAF World Junior Athletics Championships in Bareclona, Spain with no more medals added to their tally.

The team won two bronze medals at the championships, Gerhard de Beer in the discus and Morn├® Moolman in the javelin.

That saw them ending 39th on the medal table as the United States dominated with 20 medals (nine gold, four silver and seven bronze) at the championships. Kenya were second with 13 medals.

On Sunday 16-year-old Julia du Plessis, in her first ever World Championships final, finished in 12th position in the high jump while the women’s 4x400m team finished ninth place in their final.

Du Plessis who qualified for the final in confident style with a jump of 1.82 metres, struggled and after a first time clearance at the opening height of 1.68m cleared 1.73m with her second attempt and 1.78m with her third attempt before bowing out at 1.82m.

The high jump gold medal was won by Italy’s Alessia Trost with a height of 1.91m.

Also on Sunday the South African relay team, made up of Justine Palframan, Janet Seeliger, Ane Fourie and Stephanie Wicksell posted a time of 3:40. 31.

Palframan, despite not medalling, showed she’s a future star by improving the 29-year-old record of Myrtle Simpson-Bothma in the 400 metres to 51.87 seconds.

And Lezaan Jordaan also excelled in the shot put by qualifying for the final and to improve her previous personal best distance three times.


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