One of the pre-competition favourites, our Tazmin Brits threw her way into the final of the women’s javelin competition at the 13th IAAF World Junior track and field championships in Moncton, Canada on Tuesday.
There was no unlucky 13 for Potchefstroom based Britz as her very first throw soared 48.68 metres, enough for her to cruise through to the final in sweltering conditions.
ÔÇ£It was really hot out there and the javelin girls are quite tense,ÔÇØ said Brits. ÔÇ£I did what I had to do and can start the final on a clean slate.ÔÇØ
Also making progress were sprinters Gideon Trotter and Waide Jooste who went through to the last 16 in the 100m sprint event. Trotter was timed at 10.52 and Jooste at 10.60.
With Team SA still feeling the effects of their marathon journey to Moncton, especially in the luggage department, decathlete Gert Swanepoel is one of those most effected.
He has had to resort to his middle distance spike shoes for the long jump on the first day of that competition.
ÔÇ£The grip feels different, but I have no choice in the matter as my other equipment had not arrived before the start of the competition,ÔÇØ said Swanepoel, who produced a best leap of 6.29 metres in the long jump (11th place), 11.52sec in the 100 metres (fifth place) and 11.01 metres in the shot put (26th place).
There was good news in the fact that eight of the team’s missing pieces of┬á baggage have now been located. But there’s still baggage sitting at King Shaka International Airport in Durban, from where the team departed last Wednesday.
Also having to sit out on Tuesday were Ratlale Mokone (1500 metres) and Anuschka Nice (800 metres) who were eliminated from the competition.