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Champion SA trio stay on track for U20 medals

Three of South Africa’s world youth champions kept themselves in the hunt for global junior titles, on Thursday’s third day of the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.

High jump sensation Breyton Poole, who stunned the field to become world Under-18 champion in Nairobi, Kenya last year, had no trouble in the qualifying round of the men’s high jump, sailing over the bar at 2.15m as he booked his place in Saturday’s final.

Zeney van der Walt was also impressive in her 400m hurdles semi-final, coasting to victory in 56.72 seconds and progressing to Friday’s medal contest on Friday.

In the opening round of the men’s 400m hurdles, Sokwakhana ‘Soks’ Zazini was equally impressive, winning his heat in 51.21.

Lourens Steenkamp was third in his race in 52.35.

Both athletes ensured their spots in Friday’s semi-finals.

Photos: Poole (main picture), Van der Walt and Zazini in Finnish action on Thursday, by ROGER SEDRES/IMAGESA


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