Athletes achieve personal best

17 July 2017 | Sports

Young sprinter Ivan Geldenhuys broke the national Under-17 record at the IAAF World Under-18 Championships in Kenya.

The 15-year-old Geldenhuys broke the Namibian national record after he ran a personal best of 47.17 seconds in the 400m final on Friday.

The other three athletes Theron Human (100m and 200m), and Sade de Sousa (100m and 200m) and Ryan Williams (Discus) also performed well.

In the 100m heats, Human ran a time of 11. 03 seconds, this allowed him to progress to the semi-finals.

In the semi-final he ran a time of 10. 84 seconds and finished sixth.

His time allowed him to record a seasonal and personal best although he didn't qualify for the final race.

De Sousa was third in the 100m heats, recording a time of 12.12 seconds. She qualified for the semi-finals and raced 12.03 seconds and finished sixth. She could not progress to the finals.

In the 200m, she ran 24.83 seconds, progressed to the semis, but did not qualify for the finals.

She also recorded a personal and seasonal best of 47.24 seconds in the semis.

Williams threw a distance of 53.83 which landed him the 12th position, which was not good enough to push him through to the finals, which features the top 10 best athletes. Team manager Leonie van Rensburg said the athletes performed very well considering their young ages, saying the nation should be proud of them.

From the four, only Geldenhuys travelled to the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games being held in the Bahamas from 19 to 23 July.



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