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Golden start for Team SA in Samoa
- Updated: September 7, 2015
There was a golden start to competition for Team South Africa at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Apia, Samoa, on Monday.
By the end of the day the squad had racked up eight medals, comprising five golds and three bronzes.
Perhaps it’s a sign of things to come at senior level, but it was a day when both the athletics and swimming competitors put up their hands to be counted. Athletics was responsible for three medals earlier in the day, while swimming chipped in with five in the evening.
Werner Visser, with a gold-medal winning performance of 60.93m in the discuss, got Team South Africa on the board although he was pushed hard by countryman Burger Lamprechts, who claimed the silver with 58.02m
Tlotiso Leotelo then sprinted to 100m gold in 10.20sec, the brilliant victory coming on the heels of the performances of the likes of Akani Simbine, Anaso Jobodwana and Wayde van Niekerk at the senior World Championships in Beijing. The future of South African sprinting looks in good hands.
In the pool, Zane Waddell won the 50m butterfly gold to show that Chad le Clos’ record-breaking feats have rubbed off to the next generation of butterfly swimmers. Erin Gallagher, who competed at last year’s senior Commonwealth Games, also took gold in the women’s 50m butterfly, while Nathania van Niekerk (women’s 100m backstroke) and Brendan Levy (men’s 200m butterfly) secured bronze medals.
The evening was closed out with a superb gold to the mixed relay team of Gallagher, Jamie Reynolds, Waddell and James Isemonger.
Elsewhere, there was good news on the tennis court where Zani Barnard won her first round match 7-5, 6-3 to progress to the next round, while boxer Ntethelelo Ngema went down narrowly in the 60kg lightweight division to his highly capable Northern Irish opponent.
The lawn bowls team of Rowan Watkins and Aimee Schnetler played seven matches in total, resulting in mixed results, with Rowan beating the Cook Islands 21-17, losing to Australia 21-10, beating England 21-10 and losing to New Zealand 21-13.
Aimee lost to New Zealand 21-10, Norfolk 21-20 and Samoa 21-15.
The action continues on Tuesday.