Tshenolo Lemao And Other Recent Sports Record Holders In SA
Of late, South Africa is being glorified in sporting activities across the globe. It started with the Bafana Bafana destruction of the Super Eagles of Nigeria jinx.
Coach Baxter and his guys humiliated Nigeria with a 2-0 defeat at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium. Now, we have a lot to celebrate.
Wayde Van Niekerk reminded the world he’s a pacesetter, Tshenolo Lemao broke South Africa’s 100m race jinx and Breyton Poole asserted his dominance in High Jump.
If you missed it, here are South Africans who recently broke sports records:
On Wednesday, 12th June 2017, Tshenolo Lemao at the IAAF World U18 Championships in Nairobi became the first South African athlete to win a world 100m title in any age division.
Tshenolo Lemao’s historic performance changed South Africa’s record in 100m race. Before his victory, it’s known that the country has never won a 100m medal of any colour at the World U18 Championships.
But, the record changed when Tshenolo Lemao and another South African, Retshidisitswe Mlenga respectively picked up gold and silver abandoning Jamaica’s Tyreke Wilson who entered the race as the favourite athlete at the third position.
Speaking after the race, Lemao said:
“It was a great race to run. I was really excited going into it and I just wanted to go all out. I knew the conditions would be tough, but I told myself I needed to stay strong and focused, and just go.”
On Sunday, Lemao and Mlenga came out for the 200m race. They again bagged gold and silver in the boy’s 200m with Mlenga coming first.
Mlenga said he came in very focused for the race. “Having made a mistake in the 100m final, which is my favourite race, I followed my coach’s instructions and I’m very happy to have won a gold medal,” he remarked.
Wayde Van Niekerk
Wayde Van Niekerk has been increasingly described as the athlete who might wow the world beyond the records of Usain Bolt.
On Wednesday 28th June 2017, the Olympic 400m champion broke the 300m world best record at the Golden Spike IAAF World Challenge Meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
He presented a 30.81 performance for the 300m distance shattering Michael Johnson’s world best of 30.85 which reigned since 2000. Van Niekerk’s record also humbled Bolt’s 30.97 meeting record.
Breyton Poole is a 17-year-old South African. On Saturday 15th June 2017, he earned the high jump gold at the IAAF World U18 Championships in Nairobi after he soared over a bar positioned at 2.24m.
At the competition, Poole offered charming leaps that saw him improve on his personal best thrice.
The 1.72m (5ft 7in) tall jumper at the event, became the second South African to win the world U18 title. the first was Jacques Freitag, the winner of the championships’ 1999 edition.