Jacques du Plessis landed South Africa’s second gold medal of the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore on Saturday.
Du Plessis hurled the discus a fine 63.94 metres to take the gold.
The big Grade nine pupil from Ermelo, Mpumalanga now joins swimmer Chad Le Clos as our second event winner of the Games.
But there was more silverware for South Africa as Gauteng North’s Ruan Greyling, the son of former middle distance champion Bennie Greyling took second place in the boy’s 400m final.
He clocked a personal best 47.22 seconds for his silver.
South Africa now have nine medals to boast — two gold, five silver and two bronze. All but two have come in the pool.
Also on the track Du Plessis’ discus counterpart took fourth with a 46.68m effort.
There were also two other finalists in action for Team SA. Maryke Brits and Izelle Neuhoff both took eight spot in their long jump and 400m hurdles finals. Brits leaps 5.71m and Neuhoff clocked 56.27sec.
Kayla Gilbert clocked 14.03 to end second in the women’s 100m B final and 10th overall.
Earlier canoeist Kerry Segal finished 11th in the time trial (1min 47.11sec) and then beat her Portuguese opponent in the head to head sprint with a 1:45.66 finish to go through to the third round.
Fellow canoeist Luke Stowman ended 18th in the boys time trial with a clocking of 1:40.34 but then lost to Ukraine in the head-to-head (1:39.49) to go through to the repechage.
Our basketball boys lost 21-12 to Singapore in the ranking round.