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LEOTLEA, VAN DER WALT STEAL LIMELIGHT ON DAY ONE

Free State’s Tharina Van der Walt, smashed the National Youth Girls' Hammer Throw record on Thursday, with a  61.18m launch to earn the gold medal, as South Africa's top age group athletes flaunted their talent on the opening day of the ASA Sub-Youth, Junior and Under-23 Championships in Germiston, Johannesburg

Van der Walt’s new record, however, remains unofficial until ratified by ASA.

Her Free State teammate Marinda Greyling (60.80) also bettered the previous SA mark of 58.19m set by Marga Cumming last year.

Sprinter Gift Leotlela was another stand-out performer with spectacular form in the U-20 Men's 100m dash, clocking 10.21 seconds in the semifinals, just 0.02 outside the SA junior record held by Akani Simbine.

The 17-year-old Gauteng North speedster, who set the national youth record of 10.20 last season, achieved Athletics South Africa's A-standard qualifying mark of 10.23 for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland in July.

He led two other athletes under the B-standard qualifier of 10.55, with Athletics North West North sprinter Phemelo Matlhabe crossing the line in 10.42 and Ethan Noble of Western Province clocking 10.53.

Malesela Senona (Gauteng North) also put up his hand in the Youth Boys' semifinals, covering the short sprint in 10.49.

In the Junior Women's 100m heats, Tamzin Thomas of Western Province (11.59), Madia Ehlers of Gauteng North (11.64), Jean-Marie Vermeulen of Griqualand West (11.74) and Cassidy Williamson of KwaZulu-Natal (11.74) all dipped under the B-qualifying standard of 11.80.

In other events, Jeanelle Griesel of Gauteng North clocked 54.68 in the Junior Women's 400m heats, dipping under the B-standard of 55.25 for the global championships, while fellow Gauteng North one-lap specialist Abongile Nkunkumana (47.22) and Central Gauteng's Derrick Mokaleng (47.24) went under the required men's standard of 47.70.

Distance runner Ikageng Gaorekwe also achieved the B-standard in his discipline (9:10.00), winning the Junior Men's 3 000m Steeplechase in 9:09.82.

The 100m finals in the various age divisions will be held on Friday, the second day of competition.

“We are speechless about what happened here today,” said a satisfied Aleck Skhosana, the President of ASA.

“What we saw is in line with our predictions that this will be an exciting and action-packed Championship. The high performances are an indication that our athletes are taking the challenge to qualify serious.

“This offers opportunities to the Southern Region Youth Track and Field Championships in Lesotho (April 30 - May 1), the Southern Region Junior Track and Field Championships in Zambia (June 4-5) and the IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz (July 19-24).

“It’s also a launching pad for the U-23 division to major open events such as the ASA Senior T&F and Combined Events Championships in Stellenbosch (April 15-16), the CAA Senior T&F Championships in Durban (June 22-26) and the Olympic Games in Rio (August 16-21).”

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For further comments, contact:
ASA President: Aleck Skhosana
072 014 7660 or 083 789 8877

CGA's Senior Championships

Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA) will be hosting the Provincial Senior Championships on the 19 March 2016 at Germiston Stadium.   

As per CGA selection criteria, athletes need to have participated in at least two of CGA league meeting plus the upcoming provincial championships to make team. The selection will be based on the latest Athletics South Africa qualifying standards.

We are expecting to see the likes of Rashawl Samaai on long jump who holds a pb of 8.38m placed at last years national championships in Stellenbosch; The Phalula twins on 1500m and 800m with Lebogang Phalula making her come after a mini break caused by a tendon injury; Sibusiso Nzima who recently qualified for the Rio Olympics in August and Folavio Sehohle on 5000m; and many more of CGA’s elite.

It is set to be quite a competitive day of activity and hopefully filled with world class performance from our athletes.


CGA's Sub-Youth, Youth, Junior and Under 23 Champs- Results

Great turnout this past Saturday, 12 March 2016 at the Central Gauteng Athletics Sub-Youth, Youth, Junior and Under 23 championships hosted at Germiston Stadium. The stadium filled up in the early hours of the day by spectators and athletes determined to perform to their utmost best to make the provincial team which will be competing later this month at the National championships.

Exceptional performances by CGA’s top athletes in both track and field including the new kid on the block who has done remarkably well for himself in 100m and long jump Cheswell Johnson (19), He has  recently moved to UJ Athletics Club from Alberton Athletics club having been in the athletics fraternity in less than a year. He currently holds a personal best of 7:45 in long jump scoring 7:13 this past weekend. He has great potential to and aims to compete in the World Junior Championships later this year. Another highlight of the day was the 53:19,34 of Pierre Vermaak in the 10 000m Walk event. Who is one of the most promising junior walkers in the province who continues to work towards his late father’s dream of him becoming world champion in race walking. 

 

Matome Chabangu

Cheswell Johnson

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