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Mammule Rankoe is SA’s golden girl in Serbia

Young Mammule Rankoe returned from the Serbia Memorial Cup 2013 with a gold medal proudly draped around her neck.

Competing in the 1999 category, Rankoe won gold on the bar apparatus final and also took silver in the Individual All-round medal.

Her gold was the only gold won by the South African junior and pre-junior artistic gymnasts taking part. There was also a bronze medal for Paige McElligott (2002 category) in the bar apparatus final.

Rankoe is certainly 2014 Youth Olympics material and these results will do her chances of potential selection no harm at all.

In the boys competition, Riccardo Colandrea (2001-2002 category) was outstanding with no fewer than three medals.

His best result came in the parallel bars where he won silver and he also brings home bronze in the Individual All-round and on the rings.

There there was Muhammad Khaalid Mia (1997-1998 category) who took silver on the parallel bars and also finished sixth in his Individual All-round age category (1997-1998) while Ben van Duivenboden (2001-2002) won bronze on the pommel horse.

Our gymnasts used this competition as preparation for the 12th African Gymnastics Championships, which will be held in Tshwane from 25 March to 5 April next year.