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Double delight for speedster Leotlelo in Samoa
- Updated: September 9, 2015
Team South Africa sprinter Tlotliso Leotlelo completed the ‘double’ when he added the 200m crown to the 100m gold he won earlier at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Apia, Samoa, on Wednesday.
As the athletics programme came to its conclusion, Team SA certainly delivered, ending with six medals, comprising three gold, one silver and two bronzes.
There were a few events of main interest to South Africa: the men’s shot put final, the girls’ 100m hurdles final, the boys’ 110m hurdfles final and the 200m final.
Werner Visser threw a heave of 19.78m to take silver in the shot put, while Burger Lambrecht claimed the bronze with 19.31m. Both had also excelled in the discus event on Monday, with the latter taking the gold and Visser winning bronze on that occasion.
Taylon Bieldt flew to a new South African youth record of 13.18 seconds in claiming the 100m hurdles gold medal, and Mpho Tladi ensured that bragging rights when it comes to hurdles remains in South Africa when he took gold in the 100m in 13.50 sec.
Leotlelo’s victory in the sprint double makes him a name to ink in for the future, while Kyle Appel – who carried the Team SA flag at the opening ceremony – also enjoyed a profitable championships, a bronze behind Leotlelo in the 200m in 21.11sec adding to his collection. Sadly, a shoulder injury sustained in that 200m final meant he had to withdraw from the 4x100m relay final, as did Team SA.
The pool events again saw Team SA cash in, as we have come to expect. They totalled six medals, with three silvers and three bronzes.
The silvers were collected by Kaylene Corbett (women’s 50m breaststroke), James Isemonger (men’s 50m breaststroke) and Nathania van Niekerk (women’s 200m backstroke), while the bronze trio were Brendon (men’s 100m butterfly), Neil Fair (men’s 200m backstroke) and the men’s 4x100m freestyle quartet of Isemonger, Waddell, Levy and Fair.
Athletics made way for the Sevens rugby on Apia Park and Team SA opened their campaign with a comfortable 61-0 win against Singapore. It was a strong start and Thursday they will face neighbours Namibia and England, who should provide a tougher test.
The Lawn Bowls team was another code in action on Wednesday and the mixed pairs had mixed fortunes. In their first match they lost to Australia 19 -11, then they beat Northfolk Island 19-9 and wound up their day with victory over hosts Samoa 18-12.
There was disappointment for tennis ace Damon Kesaris, who was due to play his semi-final on Wednesday, but he was forced to withdraw due to illness that sees him miss out on a potential medal.
Teammate Zani Barnard paired up with Seli Jacobs from Namibia to play in the semi-finals of the mixed doubles and they came throgh a tough encounter against Wales, beating them 7-6, 7-5.
Ironically, her doubles partner of Wednesday will be her singles opponent in the semi-finals on Thursday.