The nation’s most promising Track and Field athletes will showcase their talent this week, spearheaded by the next generation of young sprint stars, at the ASA Junior and Youth Championships in Cape Town on Friday and Saturday.
A number of age group records have already been broken this year, and all eyes will be on a group of talented speedsters from Gauteng North who are expected to steal the show in the Mother City.
Leading the star attraction is Sokwakhana Zazini in the U-18 division, who charged to a world youth best of 48.84 in the 400m Hurdles in Pretoria last month.
Gift Leotlela, who has twice clocked a national Under-20 record of 10.12 over 100m this year, and training partner Clarence Munyai, who set a national best of 20.10 over 200m in the same age group, are the other lead acts who will aim to defend their respective crowns in the short-sprint events.
All 17 ASA provinces will be represented at the annual two-day championships, with over 1 200 athletes schedule to compete at Green Point Athletics Stadium.
“We wish all these young athletes the best as they target prestigious national titles,” said Athletics South Africa president Aleck Skhosana.
“We also urge participants to use this opportunity to qualify and prepare for major international events this year including the African Junior Championships in Tlemcen next month, the African Youth Championships in Bata in June and the IAAF World U-18 Championships in Nairobi in July.”
The competition will be held between 6.30am and 8.30pm on Friday, and will resume at 7am on Day Two with the final event scheduled to be concluded at 7.10pm on Saturday.
The fixtures and results website is www.asajuniors.co.za