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Dylan’s PB puts him in final

A personal best throw saw South Africa’s Dylan Jacobs sailing through to the final of the boys javelin at the Youth Olympics in Singapore on Wednesday.

Jacobs hurled the projectile 71.92 metres with his third and final throw to see him finish sixth in the qualifying list.

Joining him in another track and field final was Rudolph Pienaar in the boys long jump qualifying. Pienaar jumped 7.28 metres with his second jump to also finish as sixth best qualifier.

Rain saw the boys shot put qualifying postponed to Thursday with our sole representative being Frans Schutte.

In the pool, where all Team South Africa’s five medals have come, our 4×100 medley youth team placed sixth overall in the heats, their time of 3min 48.89sec good enough to make the final. Murray McDougall, Dylan Bosch, Chad le Clos and Pierre Keuene did duty for SA. Le Clos and Bosch have both won medals already.

That final will be swum on Wednesday evening and another South African in a semi-final will be McDougall in the 50m butterfly. He was eighth fastest qualifier with a time of 25.55sec.

Also in swimming action Wednesday, Kyla Ferreira was 34th in the 200m freestyle heats with a 2:11.21 return.

Cyclist Jayde Julius ended 21st in the boys time trial, clocking 4:19.85 for the 3.2 kilometre lap, 23.21sec behind the quickest time.

In equestrian action, our Samantha McIntosh, riding for Team Africa, finds herself in joint first place with Australasia and Europe after one round of the jumping competition.

In rowing Akane Makamu and Juliet Donaldson ended 12th in the pairs B-final, clocking 3min 51.35sec.

And in the fencing, Team SA flagbearer Wanda Matshaya of Cape Town was part of the African team that went down 28-25 to the America 2 team, Matshaya losing her match 16-25 to Argentine’s Clara Isabel Di Tella.