The list of World Junior Championships qualifiers grew bigger on the final day of the Yellow Pages SA Youth, Junior and Schools Championships in Germiston with Julia du Plessis becoming the country’s third best youth high jumper.
Going on last year’s world list be used, Du Plessis would have claimed the top spot after the Gauteng Schools athlete cleared 1.88 metres at her third attempt.┬áOther athletes to have reached the qualifying standard include Gerhard de Beer, Justine Palframan, Siphelo Ngqabaza and Thapelo Madiba who all achieved the standard in their respective events.
The junior men’s discus throw competition was expected to be between Gauteng North’s Gerhard de Beer and Jan-Louw Kotze from Western Cape Schools. De Beer however lead from the very first round and qualified for the World Junior Championships in the fourth round as the discus soared to 58.52m, the standard being 58.30m.┬á De Beer said that he was very excited about the prospects of representing South Africa at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona from 10-15 July.┬á ÔÇ£In terms of preparation I will start with a heavier weight during my off season,ÔÇØ said De Beer after the meeting.
Justine Palframan had won the Junior women’s title on Friday when she clocked 53.51sec, so ensuring her place on the team to Barcelona. On the final day of the championships she won the 200m title well within the qualification standard required for the global competition. Palframan was timed at 23.63sec (qualifying standard 23.73). Stephanie Wicksell (AGN) finished second┬á in 24.57 just ahead of Chante van Tonder who crossed the line in 24.61sec.
Siphello Ngqabaza guaranteed his spot in the World Junior Championships team as all SA Junior champions reaching the qualifying standard are automatically ┬áselected.┬á After qualifying for the 100m Ngqabaza reached the required time in the 200m (21.12sec). The new SA Junior champion won the race in 20.90sec with Ben Rens from Gauteng North 2nd in 21.40sec.┬á Akani Simbini won bronze in 21.42sec. The Free State Schools athlete won the 100m on day two in 10.28sec (wind assisted 4.6m/sec) but originally reached the standard in the heats and again in the semi-final, finishing in 10.45sec (10.54).
After staking a claim in the team at the first Yellow Pages Interprovincial meeting in Germiston last month, Thapelo Madiba secured his spot by winning the 800m in 1:49.36 (1:49.44).┬á Lerato Mosunyane (S-FS) and Emile Pieterse (Boland) ended second and third respectively in 1:51.16 and 1:51.33.
To date the following athletes are guaranteed a spot in the team:
Siphello Mgqabaza (100m, 200m)
Morne Moolman (javelin)
Gerhard de Beer (discus)
Thapelo Madiba (800m)
Justine Palframan (women’s 200m, 400m)
Other athletes to have reached the qualifying standards:
Fana Mofokeng (100m)
Duwayne Boer (long jump)
Pieter Conradie (400m)
Ruan Greyling (400m)
Philippa van der Merwe (women’s 100m)
Julia Du Plessis (women’s high jump)
It was an unfortunate day for Taariq Solomons (WPA), ┬ámissing out on the qualifying time in the 400m hurdles by the narrowest of margins.┬á The standard is 51.46sec. Solomons winning time, 51.49sec.┬á The former SA Youth Champion and World Youth Championships representative Tiaan Mouton had a disappointing day as he finished fifth in 53.55sec.┬á Schalk Burger and Lindsay Hanekom finished second and third, the clock stopping at 51.97 and 52.28sec respectively.
Melissa Hewitt of Central North West won the 100m women’s Under-23 title in 11.61sec with Sonja van der Merwe winning silver in 11.66sec.┬áAthletics Gauteng North’s Elzette Buys’ 11.72sec secured her the bronze medal.┬á Rorisang Rammonye did not run in the final after picking up a suspected hamstring injury in yesterday’s 200m semi-finals.
The Under-23 men’s 100m winner was only established after a photo finish decision.┬á Waide Jooste (CAG)was leading up until 80m before ┬áGideon Trotter (AFS) put in a final surge to outdip Jooste. Trotter won the race in 10.43sec with Jooste coming through in 10.44sec.┬á Brent Stevens finished third in 10.51sec.
The next event on the national track and field calendar, the Yellow Pages Interclub, will take place in Pretoria this Thursday.