South African youth are running, jumping and hurdling their way to the top, walking away as the overall winners from the IAAF World Under 18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya; what an amazing achievement, we should all be very proud!
Our young athletes are proving their talent, desire and drive to achieve the impossible. There is one specific athlete who has shocked all the experts and proved that you don’t have to fit into a specific box to reach the top. Breyton Poole of South Africa became the World Champion in the men’s high jump with a jump of 2,24m. But the truly incredible part is that he is only 1.72m tall in an event where height has always been an essential trait for athletes competing on the world stage. Poole’s achievement can be a lesson to all the youth out there: there will always be givens in your life that you may consider as your limits, but these are nothing more than challenges just waiting to be overcome.
South Africa walked away with an astonishing 11 medals, 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze.
Tshenolo Lemao 100m Gold, Retshidisitswe Mlenga 200m Gold, Sokwakhana Zazini 400m hurdles Gold, Breyton Poole High Jump Gold, Zeney Van Der Walt 400m Hurdles Gold.Retshidisitswe Mlenga 100m Silver, Tshenolo Lemao 200m Silver, Johannes Schlebusch Javelin Silver, Jonathan De Lacey Lacey Shot Put Bronze, Morne Brandon Discus Bronze, South Africa U18 4x400m Relay Bronze.
Photo by Japheth Mast