CAA African Youth and Junior Championships Preview

Caption: Phathutshedzo Maswanganyi will compete in the boys U20 100m and 200m sprints. Picture: Keagan Mitchell


Team South will look to shine at the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) African Youth and Junior Championships in Abidjan Ivory Coast.

The 61-member team that includes 30 males and 31 females will be among the favorites to top the medal count after they dominated continental competitions last year.

This includes the African Youth Games, CAA African Senior Championships and the African Union Sport Council (AUSC) Region 5 U20 Games.

Among those to watch out for will be sprinting duo of  Luke Davids and Phathutshedzo Maswanganyi. Davids and Maswanganyi had a good outing, after they walked away with one gold and silver, at the Twizza ASA Youth and Junior Championships in Paarl last month.   The duo will have their work cut out against Nigeria’s sprint stars Enoch Adegoke and Alaba Atintola who has been in good form this season.

AGN’S Sineshipo Dambile will be looking to announce himself on the international stage. This comes after the young speedster dominated the local track and field season. Dambile who is ranked number one on the IAAF rankings in the boys U18 200m sprints is unbeaten in this event this season.

Central Gauteng Athletics Lythe Pillay is making the most of his season as a first year U18 athlete. Last month, he clocked 46.52 seconds to win the boys U18 400m sprints at the Twizza ASA Youth and Junior Championships. Leading up to competition, he clocked 46.65 second in the 400m sprints event to take the SA Schools title.

Boland’s Kyle Rademeyer is having one of his best seasons in the pole vault event. Earlier this month he cleared 5.30m which saw him make history by becoming the new South African boys U18 pole vault record holder.

Boland’s Breyton Poole is having an amazing season thus far and should be favourite to claim the high jump title.  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 in Paarl.

On the female front, Rose Xeyi has been having a consistent season in the 100m sprint events.  She will be looking to continue from where she left off after clocking 11.91 seconds to grab the 100m title at the Twizza ASA Youth and Junior Championships.

Her provincial teammate Antoinette van der Merwe has been in the form of her life. Van der Merwe has been unbeaten this season and was crowned the girls U20 100m hurdles and 200m sprints champion at the Twizza ASA Youth and Junior Championships.

CGA’s Dane Roets has been in a class of her own this season after she threw a new SA record of 17.69m in the girls U18 shot put event at the Twizza ASA Youth and Junior Championships. She will hope to continue her great run of form.

Written by Keagan Mitchell