ASA Junior team ready for World u/20 Champs

Entering the event with a small but formidable team, South Africa’s most talented junior athletes will be confident of producing a strong challenge against the most promising Track and Field prospects from around the globe when they turn out at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland between 10-15 July, 2018.

The SA national squads have delivered superb results across the board at major international championships in recent years.

The SA senior team finished fifth in the Track and Field competition at the 2016 Rio Olympics with four medals (two gold and two silver) and went on to take third place at last year’s IAAF World Championships in London with six medals (three gold, one silver and two bronze).

At age group level, the SA squad finished top of the standings at the final edition of the IAAF World U18 Youth & U20 Junior Championships in Nairobi, Kenya last year, securing a total of 11 medals (five gold, three silver and three bronze).

While South Africa settled for 22nd position at the previous edition of the IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz two years ago, bagging just three silver medals, the latest group of talented young stars will be confident of an improved performance as they look to climb the table.

Six athletes in the 19-member SA team are ranked among the top five junior athletes in the world in their respective disciplines, with 400m hurdler Sokwakhana Zazini (49.32 seconds), shot putter Kayle Blignaut (21.65 metres) and javelin thrower Anro van Eeden (77.59m) all ranked first in their events.

The national Junior Men 4x100m and 4x400m Relay teams have also produced the fastest performances in the world this year, after they clocked respective times of 39.33 and 3:08.07 at the CAA Southern Region Championships in Boksburg in April.

A number of athletes in the team have already been given significant international exposure, and the likes of Zazini, fellow 400m Hurdles sensation Zeney van der Walt and High Jump prodigy, Breyton Poole will go into the Championships with experience at the highest level after securing world Youth titles last season.

The SA Junior team will depart for Finland on Sunday, two days ahead of the start of the biennial IAAF U-20 Championships, which features over 1 400 athletes from 156 participating countries.

IAAF WORLD Junior Championships

ASA Final TEAM

FINLAND – 10 July 2018 – 15 July 2018
Boys Event Girls
Thando Dlodlo (CGA) IAAF Ranking – 2

Tembo Monareng (AGN) IAAF Ranking – 4

100m  
Thando Dlodlo (CGA) IAAF Ranking – 3

Ruben Els (AGN) IAAF Ranking – 12

200m  

 

Sokwakhana Zazini (AGN) IAAF Ranking – 11

Gabriel Louw (CGA) IAAF Ranking – 34

400m Marlie Viljoen  (AGN) IAAF Ranking – 84

Nicola Gibbon (AGN)

  800m Liza Kellerman (CGA) IAAF Ranking – 94
Silusapho Dingiswayo (AGN) IAAF Ranking – 15 110m H / 100m H      
Sokwakhana Zazini (AGN) IAAF Ranking – 1

2017 IAAF World Youth Champs – 1

Lourens Steenkamp (AGN) IAAF Ranking – 17

400m H Zeney van der Walt (AGN) IAAF Ranking – 2

Rogail Joseph(BOLA) IAAF Ranking – 30

Breyton Poole (WPA) IAAF Ranking – 6

2017 IAAF World Youth Champs – 1

High Jump  
Valco van Wyk (BOLA) IAAF Ranking – 11

2017 IAAF World Youth Champs – 5

Pole Vault  
Kayle Blignaut (CGA) IAAF Ranking – 1 Shot Put Mieke Strydom  (ASWD) IAAF Ranking – 12

2017 IAAF World Youth Champs – 5

Naas Marais (ACNW) IAAF Ranking – 18 Discus Throw  
Anro van Eeden (BOLA) IAAF Ranking – 1 Javelin Throw  
Thando Dlodlo (CGA)

Malesela Senona (AGN)

Tembo Monareng (AGN)

Ruben Els (AGN)

Silusapho Dinguswayo (AGN)

4 x 100 Relay  

 

  Thando Dlodlo (CGA)

Sokwakhana Zazini (AGN)

Gabriel Louw (CGA)

Lourens Steenkamp (AGN)

Tembo Monareng (AGN

4 x 400m Relay Zeney van der Walt(AGN)

Marlie Viljoen(AGN)

Nicola Gibbon(AGN)

Liza Kellerman(CGA)

Rogail Joseph(BOLA)

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