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De Beer’s 58m effort takes discus gold in Tshwane
- Updated: April 6, 2013
Gauteng North athlete Gerhard de Beer successfully defended his discus title on Friday’s second day of the SA Sub-Youth, Youth, Junior and Under-23 Championships at Pilditch Stadium, Tshwane.
The World Championships bronze medallist comfortably won the junior men’s discus throw ahead of Seth Townsend (CGA).
De Beer’s best attempt measured 58.40 metres while Townsend only recorded 48.95m.┬áThe bronze medal went to Ruan Combrink (AVT) with a distance of 48.21m.
“Although I threw a 58 I feel I could’ve done better but I am thankful for the title.” De Beer told Road to Rio 2016’s Mark Etheridge. “The other throws were bad.”
De Beer only recently finished rehabilitation after shoulder surgery last August. “Yeah, there were no more problems with the shoulder, no pain whatsoever.
“Now Africa Juniors are the next competition I am working for. New program starts from Monday in the gym.”
North Western Cape athlete Phillipa van der Merwe won the SA title in the junior women’s 100m race when she crossed the line in 11.89sec.
The battle between the silver and bronze position was between Liezl Hechter (AGN) and Stacey Welsch (WPA), but it was Hechter that came second.┬á She crossed the line in 11.95sec followed by Welsch in 22.97sec.
Gauteng North athlete Thando Roto claimed the junior men’s 100m title in 10.53sec, improving his best performance of the season (10.62sec in Pretoria on 15 March).
Hennie Beukes improved on his best performance of the season (4.40m at East London on 21 March) with a height of 4.60m in the youth men’s pole vault.┬á This was one of two medals for Boland athletics in the specific event as teammate Niel Gilliomee took bronze with 4.20m.┬áColeman Brits from Gauteng North finished second with a height of 4.40m.
It was a dead heat in the sub-youth boys 100m final as Ruan Damons (AGN) and Kyle Appel (WPA) both crossed the line in 10.88sec.
Our top youth athletes will also use this event as an opportunity to qualify for the World Youth Championships in Ukraine in July.
Entry fees at the stadium are R30 for adults while kids under the age of 15 get in for free.
Spar is the proud sponsor of all food and beverages (for officials, volunteers and hospitality) at the SA Sub-youth, youth, Junior and under 23 Championships.