Discus talent Gerhard de Beer shows a hunger for success that should stand him in good stead for what looks to be a promising athletics future, writes Mark Etheridge.
The 18-year-old took bronze in the discus at the IAAF Junior World track and field championships in Barcelona, Spain on Thursday but already has an appetite for bigger things.
“I was happy to win the bronze but at the same time a bit heartsore because I knew that I was in a position to win gold,” he told Road to London 2012.
“Still it was a privilege to take part in this competition and a thank-you to the big man upstairs for all that he has done for me.”
De Beer, is a matric student at Affies (Afrikaans Ho├½r Skool) in Pretoria and wants to study accounting and become a chartered accountant after school.
“I want to focus a lot on my athletes still as well as study…”
And De Beer is also realistic about his Spanish success. “I was competing against guys a year older than me and obviously that makes the competition so much harder.”
With De Beer’s bronze and Morne Moolman’s bronze in the javelin the next day of competition, the future is certainly looking rosy for SA field events, even four years down the line from the next Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.