Athletics: SA U19 squad underperform in Spain with just two bronze medals

2012-07-17 00:00

TEAM South Africa could not have been satisfied with their overall results at the World Junior Championships that have just been completed in Barcelona.

The athletes had to be U19 to qualify for the championships and South Africa sent quite a large contingent of 31 athletes to Spain.

What was particularly disappointing was that only seven athletes qualified for the second round in their events, coming home with just two bronze medals, both in the men’s throws.

KZN’s champion sprinter, Justine Palframan from Eshowe, was the next best gaining a fifth place in the final of the womens 400 metres.

The first bronze medal was won by Gerhard de Beer in the discuss, where he was second in his heat with a throw of 59,01 metres. In the final he improved to 61,57 m in his fourth throw to take third place. The other bronze medal was won by Morné Moolman in the javelin with a personal best in his fifth throw in the final, of 76,29 metres.

Lezaan Jordan reached her personal best in the first round of the women’s shot put when she threw 15,27 metres to take her through to the final. Here she further improved her personal best to 15,37 m to be placed ninth.

Bernard Pretorius was unfortunate in the 400 m hurdles as he was leading when he tripped and fell on the final hurdle and then finished at the back of the field.

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