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World Games: How Team SA Fared (Day 8)

There were three Team SA athletes in action on Friday at the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama. Travis Fisher competed in the waterski and wakeboard slalom final and sport climbing saw Chris Crosser and Lauren Mukheibir taking part in the men’s and women’s boulder qualification, respectively.

Team SA’s Chef de Mission, Kim Pople, said that while the conditions remained “brutally hot”, the athletes were doing themselves and the country proud. “Sport climbing is quite a new event and after being introduced at the Tokyo Olympics it is on the World Games roster. It’s unbelievable to watch as a spectator and one has nothing but admiration and respect for the athletes.

“Both Chris Crosser and Lauren Mukheibir took part in the bouldering qualifying and although they didn’t reach the final it was great to see them persevering against the best in the world. Chris Travis was so, so happy to be in the final of the waterski slalom where he competed well against the best skiers in the sport. The enthusiastic crowd helped make it an unforgettable experience,” Pople added.

On Saturday it’s Team SA’s duathletes in action, along with Mel Janse van Rensburg in the lead sport climbing.

“Obviously we are worried about the heat,” Pople said. “Our duathletes take to the streets of Alabamba and Railway Park and it’s Natalie Serk in the women’s final and Dylan Kruger and Jonathan Benjamin in the men’s. We are a little concerned about the heat and how they will cope but everyone’s in good spirits and looking forward to a great day,” the chef de mission said.

This is how Team SA’s athletes fared on Friday:

Waterski and wakeboard slalom final:
Travis Fisher finished 8th in the final, with Nate Smith of the USA taking gold, with Italy’s Brando Caruso in silver and Canada’s Cole McCormick in bronze

Men’s Climbing, Boulder Qualification: Chris Crosser placed 10th in qualifying with 14 attempts at the zone. He didn’t qualify for the final
Women’s Climbing, Boulfer Qualification: Lauren Mukheibir placed 11th in in qualifying with 14 attempts at the zone. She didn’t qualify for the final

Photo of Lauren Mukheibir courtesy World Games