In search of SA’s fresh ath­let­ics tal­ent

CityPress - - Sport -

With the IAAF World Un­der-20 Cham­pi­onships (for­merly the World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships) five months away, the jos­tle to achieve en­try stan­dards to the event in Poland in July is gain­ing mo­men­tum among ju­nior track and field ath­letes.

On Wed­nes­day, Ath­let­ics Gaut­eng North and Pres­tige Col­lege will stage their an­nual schools ath­let­ics meet­ing at the Pilditch Sta­dium in Pre­to­ria.

The one-day event is ex­pected to lay the foun­da­tion for fu­ture cham­pi­ons, much as it did for 19-year-old high jumper Chris Mo­leya, a bronze medal­list at the African Games in Brazzaville, Congo, last year.

Mo­leya, who also bagged a bronze at last year’s SA Se­nior Track and Field Cham­pi­onship in Stel­len­bosch, is among the hope­fuls who are chas­ing the July 11 qual­i­fi­ca­tion dead­line to reach Poland.

The lad from Zebe­diela in Lim­popo is the reign­ing SA Schools cham­pion, with a per­sonal best jump of 2.23m.

Com­pe­ti­tion is from 8am un­til 9.30pm on Wed­nes­day

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