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Rahme soars to record

Young Cheyne Rahme took another step upwards on the ladder to track and field success at the weekend when he bettered the SA and African junior pole vault record.

Competing at a Gauteng North league meeting at Tuks athletics stadium, young Rahme soared to a 5.47 metre effort.

That meant the 19-year-old improved the old mark by one centimetre.

The former mark belonged to pole vault great Okkert Brits and was set in Paarl 18 years ago.

Rahme certainly has the genes to do well in his chosen profession, he’s the son of former South African decathlon champion, Damon Rahme.

He also happens to be coached by someone who knows what he’s talking about — Riaan Botha, the second best SA pole vaulter behind Brits with a career best of 5.91m.

Before this meeting Rahme’s previous best stood at 5.30m.