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Win some, lose some for wrestler Stans

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By Mark Etheridge
in Nanjing, China

It was a case of win some lose some for Team South Africa’s Leanco Stans as the wrestling code got underway at the Youth Olympic Games here on Tuesday.

Stans was involved in the Freestyle (60kg) qualification pool action at the Longjiang Gymnasium.

The farm girl from Bethal, Mpumalanga, enthusiastically supported by her parents in the stands, had three fights in the morning session.

She lost her first to Colombia’s Sandy Parra Parra, going down 3-0 on the judge’s scoresheet (7-0 on technical points). She bounced back to beat Guam’s Mia-Lahnee Aquino 4-1 (12-2 on technical points) in her second, before losing to home-town favourite Xingru Pei in her third fight.

‘I was quite stressed for the first fight, lots of nerves,’ said the youngster after her first fight. ‘She was a lot shorter than me [10 centimetres] and it’s always tough fighting someone shorter.’

Of her second fight, won by virtue of great superiority, national couch Nico Coetzee said: ‘Much better, her defence was good with her legs and she scored from there. Her first fight should have been like this. She’s got heavy and quick hips which really helps with the hold-downs.’

The last bout was over in a flash as she went down 4-0 (10-0) to Pei after just 1min 15sec.

‘She was just too quick and I was too slow on defence from the start, but this is great experience,’ said Stans. Added coach Coetzee: ‘Once your hands are gone, it’s all over.’

Stans will be involved in evening action in the classification bouts where she fights India’s Reshma Anil Mane for fifth-sixth spot. Had she won against Pei she would have been in bronze medal contention.

This morning, there was also rhythmic gymnastics action with Pretoria’s Shannon Gardiner flying the flag for SA in the qualification round. In her first two routines she scored 11.350 and 11.400 for the hoop and ball respectively. That gave her a total score of 22.750 with two more routines (clubs and ribbons) to come. After her first two routines she was lying 15th.

Picture of Leanco Stans by Wessel Oosthuizen/SASPA. Pictures of Team South Africa’s campaign at the 2014 Youth Olympics are free for downloading on www.sascocimages.co.za.

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