Athlete Profile: Lythe Pillay
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The Gauteng Secondary Schools Championships produced a number of stellar performances at the weekend.
Among them were King Edward VII School’s Lythe Pillay. The young speedster was in a class of his own to grab the gold medal in the boys under-17 400m sprints clocking 46.44 seconds. A day later, Pillay,16, had to settle for the bronze medal in the boys U17 200m clocking 21.50 seconds.
The former Arbor Primary School pupil has been in fine form this season running sub 47 seconds in the 400m sprints event in most of the competitions he competed in.
He claimed the gold medal in the boys U18 200m and 400m sprints clocking 21.71 and 46.81 seconds at the Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA) Youth and Junior Championships at Germiston Stadium last weekend. He clocked 46.52 seconds in the boys U18 400m sprints at the Tuks Top 10 meet last month.
“There are still a few things that I can improve on such as my technique and endurance. Also, a few strength imbalances around my body that have also contributed to my past injuries. However, I am chuffed about my performances this season,” said Pillay who now has his eyes set on the SA Schools Championships and the Athletics South Africa (ASA) Youth and Junior Championships, in Paarl, later this month.
“My goals for this year/season would be to maintain my performance without any injury. Also, to run a new personal best in the 200m and 400m sprints. I will take it race by race and not get ahead of myself,” said Pillay who was crowed the SA schools champion in the boys U15 400m sprints clocking 47.99 seconds last year. A few months later, he smashed the boys U15 SA 400m record clocking 46.76 seconds at the Sub Youth Interprovincial Championships in Potchefstroom.
Like most athletes track and field started in the streets for Pillay.
“It all started when my lifelong neighbour Jaden Steyn who would always run away with my phone or game controller. I had to chase him around our complex. Since then athletics has really just been a part of me,” said Pillay.
In other action, Phatu Maswanganyi grabbed gold in the boys U19 100m sprints to stop the clock at 10.34 seconds. He went on to win his second gold of the competition with a leap of 7.41m in the boys U19 long jump event.
Sifiso Miya had to settle for second place in the boys U19 long jump event but went to take the gold medal in the triple jump event.
Sinesipho Dambile stormed his way to the gold medal in the boys U17 200m sprints clocking 20.50 seconds.
The School of Speed Head Girl Rose Xeyi was in fine form taking first place in the girls U19 100m sprints clocking 11.85 seconds.
Carla Hattingh would have been smiling with her performance after a first place position in the girls U19 400m sprints in a time of 55.70m.
Angelique van Niekerk produced a stellar performance in the girls U19 triple jump event to win the gold medal with a leap of 12.24m.
Written by Keagan Mitchell