The South African Youth and Junior Track & Field Championships in Paarl showcased some of the country’s top rising talent with the field events shining over the three days.
We take a look at five up and coming youngsters that would hopefully graduate into successful seniors.
South Africa has gone through a dry patch in the pole vault department but there is reason to be optimistic with the rise of a few promising youngsters.
Rademeyer’s record-breaking performance on Friday has raised expectations setting a new national mark clearing 5.30 metres.
He added eight centimetres to the previous SA mark of 5.22m which had been set by Valco van Wyk at the same venue in December 2017.
“I wasn’t really expecting to get that height. I struggled to sleep last night because of the adrenaline ahead of today’s competition and I was a little tired.
“My goal for this year is 5.50m, so I hope to achieve that by the end of the year and then I’ll just see where my path takes me.”
Youth Olympics bronze medallist Roets was one of the top performers over the three-day event winning both the Under-18 girls’ shot put and discus throw titles.
She won the discus throw gold medal with a 46.18m heave on the second day of the championships.
Roets reserved her best for the last day of the meeting when she won the shot put with a record-breaking heave of 17.69m.
With her best
While the sprinters have hogged the limelight in recent years the sprint events did not quite produce the same kind of sparks at this year’s championships.
His time was just 0.11s short of Kyle Appel’s national youth record of 20.57 from 2015.
Dambile has been flirting with the record throughout the season and has dipped below that time at least once but the results have not been recognised.
His time is the third fastest time by a South African youth athlete launching launching him to 17th on the world all-time list.
“It’s not easy to go sub-21 but I just kept pushing myself because I wanted to be the SA champion.”Sinesipho Dambile
Zeney van der Walt
World youth and junior 400m hurdles champion Zeney van der Walt showed off her speed winning the junior title in the flat one-lap sprint.
Van der Walt stormed to victory in a new 400m personal best of 53.74 seconds cracking the top-10 in the SA junior all-time list.
“I’m really happy with the result. I wanted to work on my speed but I’m going to focus on the hurdles again for the rest of the season.”Zeney van der Walt
The Free State youngster showed immense potential at the championships falling less than two metres short of the SA youth girls hammer throw record.
Her best effort of 65.07m earned her the national title threatening Tharina van der Walt’s mark of 66.99m.
“I just want to keep doing what I’m doing and if my best is not good enough then that’s ok, but I practice hard like everyone else here, so I just want to do my best every time.”Phetisang Makhete