Making a significant contribution to the South African team’s medal haul, ISAM athletes earned five podium places at the CAA African U-18 and U-20 Championships held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast between 16-20 April.
The national squad raked in 57 medals to finish top of the overall table, and a group of rising ISAM stars bagged medals in all four categories, with the continental age group championships featuring youth (U-18) and junior (U-20) divisions for boys and girls.
Former world youth champion Breyton Poole was in superb form, sailing over the bar at 2.18 metres in the junior men’s high jump final to secure victory by a massive margin of 12 centimetres.
And there were double medal hauls for ISAM athletes in the high hurdles and one-lap sprint finals.
In the junior men’s 110m hurdles, Michael Schoeman grabbed gold, crossing the line in 14.00, and Antoinette van der Merwe took silver in the junior women’s 100m hurdles, clocking 14.09.
One of SA’ most promising speedsters, Lythe Pillay, was also victorious in the youth boys’ 400m event, charging over the line in 46.12.
Completing the ISAM medal haul, Amy Naude earned bronze in the youth girls’ 400m sprint.
Elite ISAM prospects are again expected to play a key role in spearheading the SA squad’s medal charge when the national youth and junior teams return to the track for the CAA Southern Region U-18 and U-20 Championships in Boksburg next month.