African Youth and Junior Review

AGN’s Sinesipho Dambile has been in fine form this season. Picture: Keagan Mitchell


Team South African will be over the moon following their performances at the the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) African Youth and Junior Championships in Ivory Coast.

They continued their dominant display at continental showpieces after topping the overall medal standings with a total of 57 medals that included 27 gold, 20 silver and 10 gold.

Among those who shined at the Championships was Western Province Atlethltics Rogail Joseph. Joseph, a member of UWC Athletics Club stormed her way to the gold in the girls under-20 100m and 400m hurdles events clocking 13.96 and 57.37 seconds respectively.

The former Worcester Gymnasium High School pupil is having a great season thus far after she took the gold in the 400m hurdles event at the USSA Championships in Stellenbosch, earlier this month. A week prior, she won gold and silver in the girls U20 400m and 100m hurdles events respectively at the Twizza ASA Youth and Junior Championships in Paarl.

Kayla van der Bergh is continuing from where she left off last season. Van der Bergh bagged gold in the girls U18 100m hurdles event to run seasons best of 13.50 seconds. This comes at the back of a great showing at the Twizza ASA Youth and Junior Championships. She clocked 13.56 seconds to grab first place.

Athletics Gauteng North’s (AGN) Prudence Sekgodiso had to dig deep for victory after being pushed right till the end. She took first place in the girls U18 800m event clocking 2.07.03. She was followed by Kenya’s Kepkosgei Belio Sheila and Nelly Chepchirchir.

Central Gauteng Athletics Dane Roets continued her brilliant season. She was in a class of her own and took the gold medals in the girls U18 shot put and discus events. Last month, Roets threw a new SA record of 17.69m in the girls U18 shot put event at the Twizza ASA Youth and Junior Championships.

AGN’s Sinesipho Dambile announced himself on the international stage after clocking 20.52 seconds to take the gold medal in the boys U18 200m sprints. Dambile who is ranked number one on the IAAF rankings in the boys U18 200m sprints is unbeaten in this event this season.

CGA’s Lythe Pillay is having an unbelievable season, running sub 47 seconds in the boys U18 400m event on a regular basis. The first year U18 athlete took the gold medal clocking a personal best of 46.12 seconds.

Boland’s Breyton Poole claimed the boys U20 high jump title comfortably with a height of 2.18m. His nearest competitors could only master 2.08m and 2.06m respectively. Earlier this month he bagged gold at USSA Championships with a season’s best of 2.23m. The week before, he won the boys U20 high jump title at the Twizza ASA Youth and Junior Championships.

His provincial teammate Jason Tito had a good day at the office. Tito won the boys U18 long jump event and came third in the triple jump event. The youngster has been having a good season after he won crowned the long jump champion at the Twizza ASA Youth and Junior Championships and the SA Schools Championships.


Written by Keagan Mitchell