PUMA School of Speed A.O.W (Athlete of the week)
Puma School of Speed A.O.W (Athlete of the week)
- Lythe Pillay is once again on the nominees list for his outstanding performance at the Twizza ASA u18 and u20 Championships. He followed up on his SA Schools title when he won the SA title in a time of 46.52 seconds on his first year as an u18 athlete. This performance has thus earned him the opening spot on the AOW nominees list.
- Wian van Niekerk makes his debut as an AOW nominee but it won’t be the last time you hear this name. Van Niekerk bullied his way to victory pulling away from the pack before the sound of the bell in the 3000m boys u18 final. Van Niekerk won the SA title in a time of 8:27.58.
- Breyton Poole is no stranger to this list and no stranger to exceling at major competitions (local/international). Poole claimed victory at the Twizza ASA u18 and u20 Track & Field Championships in the high jump with a height of 2.16m.
- Zeney van der Walt took on a different challenge at the Twizza ASA u18 and u20 Track & Field Championships. Van der Walt participated in both the 100m and 400m finals opting not to run the 400m Hurdles which we are accustomed to her running. It was however her 400m performance which had the stadium on their feet. Van der Walt clocked an impressive time of 53.74 seconds to claim the 400m national title.
- Prudence Sekgodiso is continuing with her amazing 2019 season! Sekgodiso who has claimed the SA Schools 1500m title was absent from the Twizza ASA u18 and u20 Track & Field Championships on national duty. Sekgodiso participated at the World Cross Country Championships in Denmark and was the best of the SA female finishers. Sekgodiso finished in an impressive 20th place in the Junior category at the World championships. An amazing achievement as she is still only u18 and will have another 2 years to run as an u20 athlete.
- Welre Oliver another debutant on this list showed great pedigree in the Triple Jump boys u18 competition. Oliver won the Triple jump competition with a distance of 15.09m. Oliver is promising to be the new kid on the block to continue the strong jumping tradition in SA.
- Sinesipho Dambile has become a resident on this list with continuous outstanding performances in the 200m! Dambile dashed to a comfortable victory at the Twizza ASA u18 and u20 Track & Field Championships and the most impressive factor was that he ran a 20.68 in a negative wind (-2.2)! It was a one man show when he took the race by the scruff of the neck from the moment the gun fired all the way to the finish. The young man was ecstatic with the victory and the crowd shared in his joy.
- Dane Roets once again showed her class when she participated in the Shot put at the Twizza ASA u18 and u20 Track & Field Championships. Roets threw a massive distance of 17.69m which is a SA u18 record! She is getting closer to that 18m mark with each competition and is certainly one of great new young throwers emerging from SA.
- Douw Kruger was also in outstanding form in the Shot Put at the Twizza ASA u18 and u20 Track & Field Championships. Kruger threw a fantastic 19.99m for victory in the boys u18 competition. Don’t forget this name, Kruger is on a rise and we can expect to hear more from this young man.
- Michael Schoeman meant business at the Twizza ASA u18 and u20 Track & Field Championships. Schoeman was scintillating in the men u20 110m Hurdles when he dashed over the line in a time of 13.54 seconds which is just 5 split seconds (0.05) outside of the SA u20 record. Schoeman looks in great form to hunt down the SA record and will be definitely chasing this down at the CAA Championships in Ivory Coast from 16-20 April.
But the Athlete of the Week goes to Kyle Rademeyer! Rademeyer was having the Pole vault competition of his life at the Twizza ASA u18 and u20 Track & Field Championships. Rademeyer cleared his earlier heights with such ease before attempting the SA u18 record. His first attempt was when he went for the height of 5.25m which he cleared with ease. He took it to the next level when he attempted 5.30m which he also went on to clear and the new SA record was edged into the SA history books at 5.30m. The impressive thing about this performance is that this height would have been sufficient to win the World Youth Championships in 2015.
Congrats to all the nominees, keep shining! Let’s make South Africa great.
Written by Themba Madima