South African Athletics

Seventh for Bieldt as SA return with 3 medals

2016-07-25 11:50
Taylon Bieldt (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Taylon Bieldt delivered another fine performance on Sunday, bringing South Africa's campaign to a close after six days of competition at the IAAF World U-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland where the Rainbow Nation finished 22nd on the final standings.

Bieldt, the only SA athlete competing on the final day, took seventh place in the Women's 100m Hurdles final in 13.37 seconds, just 0.02 outside the national junior record (not yet ratified) she had set in the semifinals the day before.

Elvira Herman of Belarus won the race in 12.85 to secure gold.

The SA team earned three silver medals in total at the biennial age group spectacle.

It was the national squad's largest medal haul at the event since the 2008 edition, also held in Bydgoszcz, where they earned one silver and two bronze.

Earlier in the week, sprinter Gift Leotlela had snatched second place in the Men's 200m final in 20.59 seconds, with compatriot Clarence Munyai grabbing fourth spot in 20.77 to narrowly miss out on a podium place.

Leotlela also came close to a medal in the 100m dash, finishing in fourth position in 10.28, as both speedsters displayed their tremendous potential ahead of their Olympic Games debuts in Rio next month.

In the Men's and Women's Javelin Throw finals, Johan Grobler and Jo-Ane van Dyk both filled the second step on their respective podiums.

Grobler smashed his Personal Best, going beyond 80m for the first time in his career by launching an impressive 80.59m effort behind Indian athlete Neeraj Chopra's world junior record heave of 86.48m.

Van Dyk produced a best attempt of 57.32m for silver in the women's event, just 27cm short of Polish gold medallist Klaudia Maruszewska's winning throw.

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