Mixed results for SA in Barcelona
The second day saw mixed results for the South African team competing at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Pieter Conradie qualified for the semifinals in the men’s 400m with a time of 46.70sec in the heats on Wednesday morning, but could not secure a spot for the final when he placed fifth in that race. His time was 46.87sec. Teammate Ruan Greyling did not make it past the heats as he finished third in 47.65sec. The first two positions automatically qualified qualify for the next round as well as the two fastest times.
The SA 800m youth record holder, Monique Stander, lined up in the semifinals in her event, with little experience other than the Southern Region junior Championships in Windhoek, Namibia, (28 April) behind her name. The 17-year-old Stander finished fourth in 2:05.29.
In the semifinal of the men’s 100m, Siphelo Ngqabaza and Fana Mofokeng finished fifth and eighth respectively and did not make it to the final. Ngqabaza clocked 10.47sec while Mofokeng crossed the line in 10.69sec.
Bernard Pretorius was in good shape in the heats of the men’s 400m hurdles and led the race, but hit the last hurdle, costing him a spot in the semifinals. In the end he crossed the line in 57.21sec. Teammate Taariq Solomons ran 52.95sec to finish fifth in his heat.
Some of the action on day three of the Championships includes the heats of the men’s and women’s 200m, 400m hurdles heats for women, the qualifying rounds of the women’s long jump as well as the qualifying rounds in the men’s javelin throw where Morne Moolman, the SA youth record holder, will compete.
South Africa can look forward to an exciting line-up in the men’s discus throw with Gerhard de Beer in the final against the best in the world. Justine Palframan will line up in the semifinals of the women’s 400m.
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