Medals continued to pour in for Team South Africa at the Zone VI Games in Swaziland on Tuesday.
After three days of competition the medal tally now stands at 53, writes Mark Etheridge.
As on the previous two days it was swimming who provided the bulk of the medals but on Tuesday it was the turn of tennis and the athletes who came to the party as well in these Under-20 Youth Games.
After the swimmers had raked in 12 medals on the first day and 13 on the second day, on Tuesday they went even further to win an impressive 16.
The medal haul was made up of nine gold, five silver and two bronze.
The golden swimmers were: Nina Nicholas (400m freestyle, 4min 23.22sec), Nico Meyer (50m freestyle, 23.20sec), Marne Erasmus (50m backstroke, 30.47), Chris van de Sande (200m IM, 2:05.50), Kelly Gunnell (200m breaststroke, 2:30.30), Van de Sande (200m backstroke, 2:06.49), Erasmus (50m butterfly, 29.09), the men’s 4x400m Medley Relay (Van de Sande, Kern Fredericks, Meyer and Wes Morris — 3:52.82) and the women’s 4×50 freestyle relay (Kristy Muller, Marne Erasmus, Sarah-Ann Bouwer and Tiffany Combrinck — 1:50.49).
Earlier in the day our tennis players snapped up all four singles medals┬á up for grabs. Cape Town’s Eden D’Oliveira beat Pretoria’s Welma Luus 6-4 4-6 6-2 and Stefan Fortmann beat Michal Lyzwa 6-0 6-2 to earn two golds and two silvers for the team.
“We’re also in the quarter-finals of the doubles competition, so I think more medals will come there as well as in the team competition,” said coach Mpho Makgoba.
In track and field there were eight medals┬á — three gold, three silver and two bronze. Shot putters (well it’s not their speciality) Dewalt van Heerden, Charl Grobler and Dean Goosen took all three medals up for grabs in this event. Justine Palframan won gold in the 100m (11.91) with Melissa Hewitt joint second in 12.39 before withdrawing from the 200m with a quadricep strain.
In the men’s 100m Waide Jooste won in 10.46 from Wayde van Niekerk (10.51) and Gideon Trotter (10.67).
Our netballers continue to play their way to a medal. On Tuesday they beat Zimbabwe in the early fixture, coming through 65-17 and in the later game accounted for tournament whipping girls Lesotho 79-2 in little more than a warm-down game.
“We’ll now play Botswana in our final pool game and then it looks like we’ll play them in the semi-final as well, on Thursday,” said coach Alta du Preez.
The men’s soccer continues to be interrupted by disputes. The opening game was called off after referees went on strike over pay and on Tuesday South Africa’s game against Malawi was cancelled with no ready explanation forthcoming.
The Games wind down on Friday with only the soccer finals scheduled for Saturday, as well as the closing ceremony.