Molatelo Malehopo, Athletics South Africa (ASA) development manager, reckons their athletes will never be the same in terms of confidence going into the World Youth Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, next month.
This is after their medal haul in the Southern Region Youth Track and Field Championships in Mozambique earlier this month. The South Africans leave for Ostrava on Saturday for the event that runs from July 11 to 15.
ASA's athletes won 48 out of a possible 49 medals in Mozambique and are now hoping to improve the sixth position in the world rankings in Ostrava. Teams:
Boys - Patrick Vosloo (100m, 200m); Moeketsi Galasikwe (100m); Dean Swart (200m, 400m); Xolani Mabhida (800m); Heinrich Maartins (400m); Marnus Koekemoer (800m); Sehohle (1 500m); Tibetso Masetla (1500m); Sityhilo Diko (3 000m); Vuyisle Tshoba (3000m); Abednego Mamuschi (110m hurdle); Ettiene Grobler (110m hurdle); PC Beneke (400m hurdle); Fredericks (400m hurdle); William Motshosala (2 000m steeplechase); Dewald Baker (10km walk); Willem Voigt (high jump); Dawid Greef (high jump); Cheyne Rahme (pole vault); Eben Beukes (pole vault); Stefan Brits (long jump); Boipelo Motlhatlhego (triple jump); Marie (triple jump); Brink (shot put); Ryno van Winkel (SP); Jason Smith (discus); Michel le Roux (hammer); Adriaan van der Merwe (javelin); Ulrich Damon (javelin); Willem le Roux (combined events); Jerry Motsau (2 000m steeplechase).
Girls - Precious Mnisi (800m); Alyssa Conley (100m, 200m); Bevan Smith (100m, 200m); Sonja van der Merwe (400m); Marisa Smith (400m); Nandi Meyer (800m); Marli Spies (100m, 400m hurdle); Ansuret Potgieter (100m hurdle); Anneri Ebersohn (400m hurdle); June Roelofse (high jump); Celeste Rietels (long jump); Rozanne Oescher (triple jump); ElzaanMostert (short put); Lindi Liebenburg (discus); Suriette Botha (discus); Tazman Brits (javelin); Leanka Steyn (javelin); Marizette Badenhorst (hammer).