There was nothing unlucky about Friday the 13th for Team South Africa in Gabarone, Botswana on Friday as the athletes continued their medal haul with seven more medals on day two of the 10th Africa Junior Championships in hot conditions.
Gideon Trotter lived up to his race favourite status by claiming the men’s 100 metre title in 10.49sec. Trotter lead from the gun to win South Africa’s third gold medal of the championships. His 10.49sec is off his personal best of 10.36sec in which he expressed his disappointment, but he was happy with the win. Emile Erasmus was edged out of the silver medal position by Zimbabwe’s Mutanga Tinashe (10.68-10.70).
Earlier in the day Kyla Gilbert and Lariska Botha claimed gold and silver in the junior women’s 100m hurdles. Leading from the start, Gilbert was never going to caught and claimed the first medal of the day, crossing the line in14.25sec. Liriska Botha just edged Bablai Oarabile for the silver medal. (14.39-14.40sec).
Omake Josephine’s (Ngr) 11.97sec is marginally slower than Chante van Tonder’s personal best of 11.97sec in the 100m, but it was good enough for gold. Van Tonder, Josephine and Matlhaku Leungo (Bot) were neck and neck, until Josephine edged ahead in the final 20m for the gold. Leungo finished in second (12.01sec) with Van Tonder having to settle for the Bronze (12.05sec). Samantha Pretorius finishing in 4th (12.15sec).
Not even a massive “personal best” was good enough for Justine Palframan to win the gold in the Junior Women’s 400m final. Manedo Fantu Magiso of Ethopia screamed to a 52.09 clocking.
Palframan dipped under 53sec for the second time in her career (52.93sec) for the silver medal; ahead of Nigeria’s Etim Mageret (53.23sec). Anri Steyn finished fifth (54.84sec). Late last year Palframan ran 52.88 at the Zone VI Games in Swaziland but that mark is yet to be ratified.
In the Junior Men 400m semi-finals, Fernando Ledimo finished fourth in the first of the two races and did not progress to the finals. The second semi-final saw Jannie Briers-Louw qualify for the finals on time. The first three of each semi-final automatically progress to the final, then the two fastest times after that which is how Briers-Louw was able to go through.┬á Briers-Louw however did not place in the finals.
Firm favourite in the 400m hurdles, Shaun van Wyk from Central North West finished a disappointing third.┬á Van Wyk was the leader all the way but clipped the final hurdle and losing his balance before composing himself.┬áThis allowed Algerian Lahoulou Abdelmalik to come through for the win in a time of ┬á51.69 followed by ┬áMutai Jermaiah from Kenia in the second place in 51.93.┬áVan Wyk only finished in a time of 51.96 and will be greatly disappointed as he could clinched gold, going on his form.
As the decathlon concluded the domination of the north continued.┬áEgyptian Ahmad Saber Ahmad beat Jason Roux by more than 300 points.┬áHe finished with 6776 points, clinching the gold medal as he dominated in most events.┬áRoux fought hard and finished with 6416 points after he thrashed Ahmad in the Javelin with his winning distance of 60.89m. Ahmad’s 57.85m was not enough to finish first.┬á Roux also made South Africa proud when he finished first in the pole vault despite the height advantage of Ahmad. Ghobe Khanda of Botswana was never a real threat and finished third with 5886 points.
The first round of the relays became a hot topic after Gideon Trotter was outside the final hand over line at the final hand over.┬áThe team were disqualified but the protest was recorded.┬áThe decision was overruled and┬á South Africa were demoted from first place.
South Africa lead the medal standings after two days of competition with 14 medals (four gold, four silver and six bronze).