Puma School of Speed AOW (Athlete of the week)
1. Antoinette van der Merwe is the young female sprinter to look out for at the moment after bagging another victory in the 100m in a time 11.61 PB (personal best) time. Van der Merwe has been unstoppable in 2019 and she is showing no signs of slowing down. The young sprinter is powerful and always has a strong finish on the latter part of her 100m. She claimed victory over Rose Xeyi who ran a season’s best time of 11.68 at the Puma School of Speed in Pretoria.
2. Zeney van der Walt, the u20 400m Hurdles sensation is proving to be difficult to defeat. The World u18 and World u20 Champion proved her nerves of steal when she won the 400m Hurdles at Varsity athletics in Stellenbosch. Van der Walt won the 400m Hurdles race in a time of 58.24 on her opening 400m Hurdles for the season but we know she will be running even faster as the season leads up to national championships.
3. Breyton Poole is a phenomenal talent and just like Zeney van der Walt he won gold in the High Jump at the World Youth Championships in 2017 and followed that up with Bronze at the World Junior Championships in 2018. In Stellenbosch at the Varsity Athletics Cup he managed a jump of 2.15m showing early form and prospects for the season.
4. Thando Mahlangu continues to show why he is one of the World’s greatest Para-sport athletes. Mahlangu had a breath-taking 400m at the School of Speed in Pretoria, Tuks which had crowds on their feet as he stormed over the line. Mahlangu clocked a time of 47.30 seconds in the 400m take a comfortable victory in the Boys u17 race.
5. Reynard Strauss is another inform athlete that seems to be growing in confidence and speed with each race that he runs. Strauss was amazing at the Puma School of Speed event in Ruimsig where he clocked a PB time of 13.63. This time around at Tuks he took a dominating victory in 13.77 seconds.
But the Athlete of the week goes to Lythe Pillay. 2018 was Pillay’s break-out season when the youngster broke the SA u15 Record with a time of 46.76 seconds. In 2019 Pillay has continued his stellar form and clocked a PB time of 46.59 in Germiston before bettering his time to 46.54 at Tuks Stadium on the 13th of February. Pillay was also victorius at the Puma School of Speed event in Ruimsig where he won the boys u17 race comfortably, but the performance which has him as A.O.W is the 46.81 seconds which he clocked in the 400m at the CGA (Central Gauteng Athletics) Youth and Junior Championships on the 3rd of March.
Congrats to all the nominees.
Written by Themba Madima