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Gerhard gets bronze

Gerhard de Beer has won bronze for South Africa on the first day of the World Youth Athletics Championships in Lille, France.

Jan-Louw Kotze and De Beer qualified for the final in the discus throw after their distances of 57.95 and 59.45 metres.

De Beer then went on to become the first South African medallist on the first day of the competition. He threw a massive PB of 60.63m at his fifth attempt, good enough for the bronze medal.  The winner of the event Fedrick Dacres (JAM) won the gold medal with his final attempt reaching 67.05m, a new World Youth Leader.

American Ethan Cochran claimed the silver medal as his third attempt reached 61.37m.  Kotze struggled to find his pace and finished in fifth position, his best attempt reaching 59.48m.

In the 100m hurdles Maryke Brits finished third and qualified for the semi-final after she crossed the line in 14.04sec. She was beaten by Trinity Wilson (USA) and Sandra Gottschalk (GER) who finished in 13.59sec and 13.73sec respectively.

In windy conditions (2.0) in the long jump, Duwayne Boer qualified for the final after his 7.20m jump at his 2nd attempt.  Amongst others, he will be up against Stefano Braga (ITA) and Clive Pullen (JAM). Pullen jumped 7.29m, a PB, while Braga finished just behind him with 7.27m..

Bradley Britz and Sergeal Petersen both qualified for the semi-final of the 100m.  Finishing in the top two in a heat was the only way to proceed to the next round and these two did exactly that. In a very close race Britz crossed the line in 10.96sec, just behind Delano Davis (BAH) with 10.95sec.

Petersen booked his spot after he finished the race in 10.87sec.┬á Baban Bahaaldin Hasan (IRQ) qualified, finishing in 10.81sec.┬áBradley however won’t be able to continue competing in the Championships as he tore his hamstring.

One hundre metre athletes Philippa van der Merwe and Liezl Hechter cruised their way into the semi-final.┬á In her heat, Van der Merwe (11.95sec) finished behind Japanese athlete Anna Doi (11.83sec).┬áIn another heat, Tamiris de Liz from Brazil beat Hechter when she finished in 11.84sec.┬á Hechter’s 12.20sec was enough for second place.

In the 400m hurdles for girls, Izelle Neuhoff won easily and proceeded to the next round after winning her heat in 59.97sec.  Marina Swanepoel joined Neuhoff in the semi-final after crossing the line third in her heat.  Her time of 1:02.24 ensured her a spot in the next round.

Tiaan Mouton and Constant Pretorius both qualified for the next round of the boys 400m hurdles. Mouton finished behind Japanese athlete Shota Madokoro (53.46sec) with his 53.52sec. Pretorius finished third (52.30sec).

In the octathlon, Lloyd Greeff finished fourth in the 100m after he ran 11.51sec.┬á This PB earned him 750 points, putting him overall in 13th position after the event.┬á Daley Carter (BAR) finished first with 11.32sec followed by two Russian athletes, Leonid Khomich and Evgeniy Likhanov with 11.34sec and 11.44sec respectively. Interestingly enough, every athlete in this heat recorded PB’s.

The long jump was the next event in the octathlon where Greeff’s height was an advantage to him.┬á He finished first in his heat after a massive jump of 6.88m at the third and final attempt, another PB for him.┬áFelix Schmid (AUT) followed with 6.83m while the German athlete Jan Schenk’s 6.80m was enough for third position. With this Greeff collected 785 points.

Greeff and 12 other athletes out of 14 in the heat recorded PB’s in the shot put. Greeff finished in second place with 14.37m at his third attempt.┬á Vadym Adamchuk’s (UKR) 15.60m ensured him 827 points followed by Greeff’s 751 points.

In the 400m Greeff had to be satisfied with a sixth place finish in his heat. His 54.49sec meant another PB and 619 points to add to the collection.  The winning time in the heat was 51.71sec by Carlos Burlando (VEN).