Team SA were in action across seven sporting codes on day seven of the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires on Saturday, 13 October. They have three medals, two of them gold. In 2014, Team SA won one medal, a gold.
There were good performances from men’s 400m hurdler Lindokuhle Gora and javelin thrower Jano Esterhuizen, but the men’s sevens rugby team lost both their pool matches, against Japan and France.
Men’s triple jump, stage 1: Sifiso Miya produced a leap of 15.26m which placed him eighth overall.
Men’s pole vault, stage 1: Nicolai van Huyssteen placed fifth overall after a jump of 4.95m.
Women’s 400m hurdles, stage 1 heat 3: Gontse Morake placed fifth in her heat in 1:04.35
Men’s 400m hurdles, stage 1 heat 1: Lindokuhle Gora finished second in his race in a personal best 51.70.
Men’s javelin throw, stage 1: Jano Esterhuizen produced a personal best performance of 77.69m which put him first overall in the list of throwers at this stage.
Men’s kayak head-to-head sprint, qualification: Pierre van der Westhuyzen finished fourth on course B. In the sprint repechages, he finished third on course to reach the quarter-finals. There he was beaten by Argentina’s Valentin Rossi who timed 1:40.760 compared to Van der Westhuyzen’s 1:46.220.
Hannah Garton finished 25th in the individual jumping competition after picking up 20 penalties.
Mixed team fourball strokeplay: The Team SA pairing of Kaiyuree Moodley and Cole Stevens are tied for 27th after shooting a first round one-under 69. Italy lead after firing a 13-under 57.
Team SA reached the women’s quarter-finals where they were beaten 11-0 by the impressive host nation, Argentina.
Alida van der Merwe placed sixth in the women’s 200m swimming event with a time of 2:18.05 for 274 points. She picked up 219 points in the fencing bonus round and 521 points in the individual laser run. She placed seventh in the final standings with 1,014 points.
South Africa went down 14-12 to Japan in their opening pool match after the score had been 7-7 at half-time. David Kellerman and Ofentse Maubane scored tries for Team SA, with Kobus Hattingh converting one of them.
In their second pool match, Team SA lost 17-12 to France, after trailing 17-7 at half-time. Muzi Manyike and Mnombo Zwelendaba scored tries for Team SA.
Photo: Team SA 400m hurdler Lindukuhle Gora by Buda Mendes/Getty Images