July 9, 2018  

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Athletics South Africa saw to the departure of a modest sized but strong 19-member team to the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland on 10-15 July 2018, at the OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday, 8 July 2018.

ASA President, Aleck Skhosana, expressed his confidence on the South African contingent. “Our team may be small, but we are confident that it is formidable as it boasts some of the most talented Junior athletes in the world.

“I see them holding their own against the best in the world. Their primary goal is to reach the podium and turn around the last performance of two years ago to contest the top spot.

“We trust that each athlete will use this opportunity to cement their careers for bigger things ahead in the international stage.”

Led by Athletics Gauteng North President, John Mathane, the team is aiming to overturn their

22nd finish at the previous edition at Bydgoszcz two years ago, where they bagged three silver medals.

This time the South Africans are powered by a number of champions who led a top finish at the final edition of the IAAF U18 Youth Championships in Kenya last year. And six of the athletes in the team are ranked among the top five Junior athletes in the world in their respective disciplines.

They are further inspired by two other recent brilliant performances by the senior generation at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London where SA finished third (three gold, one silver and two bronze medals) and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where we finished fifth (two gold and two silver).

The Rainbow Nation is amongst 156 participating countries in the contest featuring over 1 400 athletes.


IAAF WORLD Junior Championships


FINLAND – 10 July 2018 – 15 July 2018




Thando Dlodlo (CGA) IAAF Ranking - 2

Tembo Monareng (AGN) IAAF Ranking - 4



Thando Dlodlo (CGA) IAAF Ranking - 3

Ruben Els (AGN) IAAF Ranking - 12




Sokwakhana Zazini (AGN) IAAF Ranking - 11

Gabriel Louw (CGA) IAAF Ranking - 34


Marlie Viljoen  (AGN) IAAF Ranking - 84

Nicola Gibbon (AGN)



Liza Kellerman (CGA) IAAF Ranking - 94

Silusapho Dingiswayo (AGN) IAAF Ranking - 15

110m H / 100m H


Sokwakhana Zazini (AGN) IAAF Ranking – 1

2017 IAAF World Youth Champs - 1

Lourens Steenkamp (AGN) IAAF Ranking - 17

400m H

Zeney van der Walt (AGN) IAAF Ranking - 2

Rogail Joseph(BOLA) IAAF Ranking - 30

Breyton Poole (WPA) IAAF Ranking – 6

2017 IAAF World Youth Champs - 1

High Jump


Valco van Wyk (BOLA) IAAF Ranking – 11

2017 IAAF World Youth Champs - 5

Pole Vault


Kayle Blignaut (CGA) IAAF Ranking - 1

Shot Put

Mieke Strydom  (ASWD) IAAF Ranking – 12

2017 IAAF World Youth Champs - 5

Naas Marais (ACNW) IAAF Ranking - 18

Discus Throw


Anro van Eeden (BOLA) IAAF Ranking - 1

Javelin Throw


Thando Dlodlo (CGA)

Malesela Senona (AGN)

Tembo Monareng (AGN)

Ruben Els (AGN)

Silusapho Dinguswayo (AGN)

4 x 100 Relay



  Thando Dlodlo (CGA)

Sokwakhana Zazini (AGN)

Gabriel Louw (CGA)

Lourens Steenkamp (AGN)

Tembo Monareng (AGN

4 x 400m Relay

Zeney van der Walt(AGN)

Marlie Viljoen(AGN)

Nicola Gibbon(AGN)

Liza Kellerman(CGA)

Rogail Joseph(BOLA)