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Tlotliso Leotlela © Gallo Images

Leotlela, Weitsz shine in Cape Town

Sprinter Gift Leotlela and middle-distance runner Simonay Weitsz were the top performers on Saturday, bringing to a close the ASA Junior and Youth Championships in style at the Green Point Athletics Stadium in Cape Town.

Leotlela stormed to a Personal Best in the Junior Men's 200m final, in the absence of national record holder Clarence Munyai, to charge across the line in 20.28 seconds.

Munyai withdrew from the podium race as a precaution ahead of the ASA Senior Track & Field and Combined Events Championships in Potchefstroom on 20-22 April, after picking up a muscle strain in the semifinals, leaving Leotlela as favourite.

"I went out hard because I told myself to go hard the whole race," said Leotlela, the SA 100m record holder in his age group.

"I remained relaxed, kept my composure, and I'm very happy with my time."

Weitsz, meanwhile, wrapped up an impressive treble.

After winning the Junior Women's 1 500m final on Friday, she added the 800m (2:06.96) and 3 000m (9:58.31) titles to her tally.

Zeney van der Walt also delivered a fine performance in the Youth Girls 400m Hurdles final, clocking 57.94.

She was just 0.03 outside the national record held by Olympic Youth Games champion, Gezelle Magerman.

In the relay events, the Gauteng North team, who dominated the two-day championships, scooped all four 4x100m crowns.


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