African long jump champion Ruswahl Samaai and teenage sprint sensation Retshidisitswe Mlenga ensured it was a winning weekend for In-Site’s athletes, racking up convincing victories at major international competitions.
Samaai proved he was in superb form ahead of next month’s IAAF World Championships in London by winning his specialist discipline at the Diamond League meeting in Rabat on Sunday.
Launching a leap of 8.35m, he earned another confidence-boosting victory by landing two centimetres further than American athlete Jarrion Lawson, who took second place.
“I am really jumping well at the moment and I’m hoping to keep in good shape and stay healthy,” Samaai said afterwards.
Mlenga, meanwhile, bagged three medals at the IAAF World U-18 Championships in Nairobi.
After taking second place in the boys’ 100m final earlier in the week, clocking 10.61 seconds, he went on to grab gold in the 200m in 21.03.
The 17-year-old prodigy closed out his campaign by joining compatriots Gontse Morake, Sokwakhana Zazini and Zeney van der Walt as they grabbed bronze in the mixed 4x400m relay final, completing the race in 3:24.45.
“I feel really blessed and I’m so happy because I came back to win gold (in the half-lap race),” Mlenga said.
“I want to thank everyone who supported me.”
He made a significant contribution, helping the SA team finish top of the table with 11 medals (five gold, three silver and three bronze).
“Well done to both these athletes for shining again on the international circuit,” said Peet van Zyl of In-Site Athlete Management.
“Ruswahl has proved he is on track to target a medal at the World Championships, and Retshidisitswe has stuck up his hand as one of South Africa’s brightest young stars.”