Team SA finished their Youth Olympics campaign in Buenos Aires with five medals, three of them gold, which was a big improvement on Nanjing 2014 when they came one with one medal (gold).
On a disappointing final day both Lindokuhle Gora and Jano Esterhuizen were medal favourites but Gora was disqualified in his 400m hurdles heat and Esterhuizen fell short in the javelin.
Men’s pole vault: Nikolai van Huyssteen was in fifth after stage 1 with 4.95m and in stage 2 he threw a distance of 4.72m for a combined 9.67m, which left him fifth overall.
Men’s triple jump: Sifiso Miya was in eighth after stage 1 with 15.26m and he improved that distance to 15.42 in stage 2 which left him with a combined distance of 30.68m and in seventh position overall.
Women’s 5 000m race walk: Marissa Swanepoel was 12th after stage 1 after a 21:25.85 and in stage 2 she recorded a 26:16.93 which gave her a combined time of 51:38.78 and in 12th position overall.
Women’s 400m hurdles: Gontse Morake was 15th after stage 1 after a 1:04.35 but she won her heat in stage 2 in 59.95 for a combined time of 2:04.30, which left her 11th overall.
Men’s 400m hurdles: Lindokuhle Gora was second after stage 1 with 51.70sec and a medal favourite, but unfortunately he was disqualified in his stage 2 heat for a lane rule infringement and therefore didn’t record a combined time.
Men’s javelin throw: Jano Esterhuizen was first after stage 1 with 77.69m, but could only manage a best distance of 65.59m with the first of his four stage 2 throws. That gave him a combined distance of 143.28m for eighth place overall.
Men’s kayak obstacle slalom: Pierre van der Westhuyzen recorded a did not finish and failed to qualify out of the heats.
Photo: Lindokuhle Gora, draped in the South African flag, reacts after being disqualified from the men’s 400m hurdles for a lane rule infringement. Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images