A small South African squad finished second overall in the medals table behind Botswana, with six gold, two silver and one bronze, raking in another five podium places on the second and final day of action, finishing with a total of nine medals at the CAA Southern Region Senior Championships in Bambous, Mauritius, on the 7 July 2019.
Decathlon specialist, Fredriech Pretorius secured three medals in individual disciplines.
The nation's most versatile athlete at the competition won gold in the men's javelin throw (57.91m), long jump (7.24m), as well as the bronze medal in the 110m hurdles final (15.03 seconds).
Teenager Meike Strydom also returned to the podium, adding gold in the women's discus throw (41.50m) after taking the shot put title the day before.
Despite competing in windy and overcast conditions, sprinter Ashley Hlungwani charged to his second medal of the championships.
Hlungwani took second place in the men's 200m event, crossing the line in 21.10, after he had taken silver in the 400m final the day before.
Team South Africa had opened their campaign in style on Friday, earning four medals overall, made of three gold and one silver, to lead the day’s standings.
Chane Pretorius had grabbed the first gold of the day when she won the women's hammer throw with a distance of 55.96 metres.
Her best attempt was more than 5m clear of Juliane Claire from Mauritius, who finished second with a Personal Best of 51.63m.
Strydom, the tennager, then secured gold in the women's shot put, with her best heave of 14.61m, before Patience Ntshingila won the women's triple jump final with a 13.17m leap, nearly a full metre ahead of Mauritian athlete Liliane Potiron, who earned the silver medal after jumping 12.36m.
Sprinter Ashley Hlungwani also stepped on the podium in the men's 400m event. Hlungwani had had less than an hour's rest after winning his heat in 46.50 seconds, before returning to the track to take second place in the final to clock 46.29. Leungo Scotch of Botswana charged to victory in 45.70.
"Our team comprised of five athletes, while the Botswana team had 24 athletes, so taking second place is an excellent achievement," said SA team manager Eben Vermaas.
“It was an amazing spirit that our athletes showed out there, putting the flag first. It was indeed wonderfull to manage and witness five athletes bringing six gold for a total count of 9 medals.”
Confirmation of South Africa’s final medals:
6 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze.
Issued by ASA