Boasting a total of 47 medals of which 19 are worth their weight in gold, South Africa held on to their substantial lead set on the opening day to be crowned overall athletics champions of the AUSC 5 Youth Games on Day 5 and final day on Saturday.
It had seemed been clear by end of competition on Friday when the 2018 champions amassed 45 medals with the lead of 18 golds which direction the overall honours were going.
The athletics team is part of Team SA managed by Sascoc (SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) at the multi-code Games which officially end tomorrow in Gaborone, Botswana.
Despite the sweltering sun that reached 40 degrees over three days, the South Africans seemed to acclamatise quickest and accordingly shook off any nerves to take an early competition lead on the medal standings.
The load of the day was left to the relay teams where the lone gold came from the 4 x 100m Women (Rogail Joseph, Antionette van der Merwe, Nicola van der Merwe, and Rose Xeyi) who clocked 47.15.
The only other medal was silver from 4 x 100m Men of Silusapho Dingiswayo, Sifiso Miya, Tristan Farao and Breyton Poole who stopped the clock at 41.63
Botswana dominated Day 5 which had been set aside for the relays, raking in 3 golds in the 4 x 100m Men, 4 x 400m Women and 4 x 400m Men plus a bronze in 4 x 100m Women.
“Congratulations to all athletes and coaches for a job well done,” said Aleck Skhosana, President of Athletics SA. “This has been a good performance by our athletes who went to the Games to search for experience and fortune.
“They took their mandate serious leading to the national anthem and flag of South Africa dominating the medal ceremonies.
“We pay tribute to all athletes took advantage of the opportunity of selection to improve their individual performances and international standing, because in order to conquer the world you need to conquer your region first.”
Issued By ASA