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At face value, people and some members of the Fourth Estate are still arguing that South African athletes performed badly at the 11th IAAF World Athletics Championships that ended in Osaka, Japan, last weekend.
This is after the South Africans failed to win medals in spite of having household names in the squad.
But it was not all doom and gloom for South Africa as young athletes did the country proud.
In fact, I commend Athletics South Africa (ASA), for blending youth with experience in the squad that competed in Osaka.
Forget about the likes of Hendrick Ramaala, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, Chris Harmse, Alwyn Myburg and Geraldine Pillay and look at the youngsters who made an impression in Osaka.
Sprinter Nombulelo Mkenku, 18, javelin thrower Robert Oosthuizen, 20, and long jumper Khotso Mokoena, 22, really made us proud.
These youngsters surprised all and sundry and their experience out there will definitely go a long way in inspiring them in future international events.
Mokoena and Oosthuizen qualified for the finals in the long jump and javelin events, while Mkenku reached the semifinals in the 100m.
But she could not take part in the semifinals because of a shoulder injury she sustained in the qualifying heat.
Leonard Chuene, ASA president, is rightfully proud of these youngsters' performances and is justified in being confident of medals from them in future international competitions.
ASA took a decision to blend youth with experience after their experienced performers failed to win medals at the world championships in Helsinki in 2005.
Chuene also made it clear after the Osaka event that they would triple their efforts to shop for more untapped talent that is in abundance in the country.
I fully agree with him and my advice to him, though, is that they should pay more attention to youngsters in the rural areas.
Let us support our athletes and encourage them for future events, including the Olympics in Beijing next year.