BREYTON POOLE

EVENT: HIGH JUMP

PROFILE

Nationality: RSA

Place of birth: Cape Town

DOB: 23 March 2000

Coach: Bennie Schlechter

PERSONAL BESTS

High Jump: 2.24 m

HONORS

High jump: 2.24 m, World U-18 Championships, Nairobi, 2017

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

High jump: 2.24 m, World U-18 Championships, Nairobi, 2017

BIOGRAPHY

Standing at just 1.72 metres, Breyton Poole defies gravity.

A talented young rugby player and gymnast, Poole was rewarded for his decision in 2017 to focus on athletics when he stunned the world to win the global youth title.

In the final at the World U-18 Championships, he had the packed crowd at Kasarani Stadium on its feet, clearing 2.24m to win by eight centimetres (8cm) as he added 6cm to his career best.

His performance placed him 17th in the world all-time list in his age group, just one centimetre short of the national youth record.

Having ended the season in second spot in the South African senior rankings, he is already looking to establish his place as the country's best high jumper.

Though he is still juggling his training schedule with high school commitments at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch, Poole has showcased his ability and is expected to spearhead his generation by taking another big stride forward in an ongoing South African track and field revolution.

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