EVENT: HIGH JUMP
Place of birth:
DOB: 27 May 1996
High Jump: 1.88 m
High Jump: 12th, 14th IAAF World Junior Championship, BARCELONA, 2012
High Jump: 3rd, 8th IAAF World Youth Championship, DONETSK, 2013
High jump: 1.80 m, African Games, Brazzaville, 2015
High jump: 1.73 m, African Championships, Durban, 2016
High jump: 1.78 m, World Junior Championships, Barcelona, 2012
High jump: 1.79 m, World Youth Championships, Donetsk, 2013
High jump: 1.75 m, African Junior Championships, Addis Ababa, 2015
Looking to cement her place as the best South African high jumper of her generation, Julia du Plessis has progressed comfortably into the senior ranks, and over the next few seasons she will be eager to challenge for a spot among the international elite.
As talented as she is both tall and athletic, Du Plessis turned heads when she cleared 1.85m in Potchefstroom in November 2011, at the age of just 15, and the next season she settled in third place in the all-time SA youth high jump rankings with a leap of 1.88m.
Later that season, still only 16, she was the youngest member of the national team at the World Junior Championships where she finished a credible 12th, and in 2013 she stepped on the podium at global level for the first time when she earned the bronze medal at the World Youth Championships.
As a teenager, she went on to make her top-flight senior debut for the national squad at the 2015 African Games where she showed tremendous big match temperament to win a three-way battle for the bronze medal on count back.
With a long career lying ahead, Du Plessis will aim for greater heights in the build-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and beyond.