mkenku is sa hopeful

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Rising sprinter Nombulelo Mkenku will be South Africa's main medal hopeful during the World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, from July 8 to 13.

Athletics South Africa announced a provisional team of 20 athletes to take part in the biennial International Associations of Athletics Federations (IAAF) event.

Molatelo Malehopo, ASA acting general manager, said the Poland-bound team was selected after the recent Yellow Pages SA Junior and Youth Championships.

Malehopo said they were hoping to better their 2006 China performance, where they won only one medal - gold - by Robert Oosthuizen in javelin.

"We are quite happy with the performance of our athletes this season, both at senior, junior and youth level."

The provisional team to the IAAF World Junior Championships is:

Men - Wilhelm van der Vyver (Boland) 100m, 4x100m; Roscoe Engel (Western Province) 100m, 4x100m; Patrick Vosloo (Athletics Vaal Triangle) 200m, 4x100m; Andre Olivier (Athletics Central North West) 800m, 4x400m; Raaghid Fredericks (Boland) 800m, 4x400m; Dumisane Hlaselo (Athletics Free State) 1500m, PC Beneke (Athletics Free State) 400m hurdles, 4x400m; Cornel Fredericks (Boland) 400mh, 4x400m; Stefan Brits (Central Gauteng Athletics) Long Jump, 4x100m; Riaan Arendse (Central Gauteng Athletics) Long Jump, 4x100m; Boipelo Motlhathlego (Athletics Gauteng North) Triple Jump, 4x100m; Orazio Cremona (Central Gauteng) Shot Put; Victor Hogan (Athletics Free State) Discus; Johannes Mosala (Athletics Free State) 4x100m.

Women - Mkenku (Athletics Free State) 100m, 200m, 4x100m; Eliminette Beckmann (Athletics Free State) 100m hurdles, 4x100m; Tazmin Brits (Athletics Central North West) Javelin; Celeste Rietels (Boland) 4x100m; Alyssa Conley (Central Gauteng) 4x100m; Christie Coetzee (ACNW) 4x100m.