Twizza ASA u18 and u20 Track & Field Championships – Male preview

Athletics Gauteng North’s Sinesipho Dambile, centre, has been in fine form this season. Picture: Keagan Mitchell

 

All roads lead to the Dal Josaphat Stadium in Paarl tomorrow for the Twizza ASA u18 and u20 Track & Field Championships.

The competition is also an opportunity for athletes to qualify for the CAA African Youth and Junior Championships in Ivory Coast next month.

Like last year, the boys U20 100m and 200m sprint events is tipped to be one of the highlights at the Championships.

Luke Davids, Tshenolo Lemao, Mikaal-il Mohamed and Phatutshedzo Maswanganyi will all be in action.

In 2017, Tshenolo grabbed the gold medal in the 100m sprints at the IAAF World U18 Championships. He followed that up with a silver medal in the 200m sprints after countryman Retshidisitswe Mlenga claimed gold.

Last year, Luke won the gold medal in the boys U18 100m sprints at the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.

While Mikaal-il won the boys U17 100m sprints at the SA Schools Championships last year.

Earlier this month, Phatutshedzo won the boys U19 100m title at the National Schools Championships.

This leaves us with a mouth-watering contest on our hands.

Also lining up with hopes of snatching a medal at nationals will be the inform Sinesipho Dambile. The young speedster has been in fine form this season dipping under 21 seconds in the boys U18 200m sprints on a number of occasions.

While Central Gauteng Athletics Lythe Pillay has had one of his best seasons thus far. Lythe has won back-to-back 400m sprints titles at the SA Schools Championships and will hope for a podium finish at the ASA Youth and Junior Championships.

The one-lap hurdles specialist Sokwakhana Zazini will be hoping to continue from where he left off last season. He was crowned the IAAF World U20 400m hurdles Champion last year and in 2017 he was crowned the IAAF World U18 400m hurdles Champion.

Boland’s Jason Tito will be hoping to continue his great form from the SA Schools Championships. He won the title with a distance of 7.35m.

His provincial teammate and the IAAF World U18 high jump Champion Breyton Poole will also be in action.

 

Written by Keagan Mitchell