Residents of Mbombela were treated to a track and field extravaganza like no other when South Africa’s most exciting school’s athletics “talent identification programme”, the PUMA School of Speed made its Mbombela debut at the Nelspruit High School’s Athletics Track on Saturday, 08 February 2020.

The U19 400m was dominated by athletes from High School Rob Ferreira in White River. Charlize Batista secured gold in a time of 01:07.53.

“The PUMA School of Speed is cool,” says a very happy Batista.

“It’s a nice event.  I enjoyed it a lot.  I entered because I wanted to try something new.  It means a lot to come first.  My advice to other athletes is to always run your own race.”

Tara Haycock came in second, while H Stevens finished third.   

Zene Jonker from HTS Ligbron (Ermelo) was the athlete to beat in the U19 200m crossing the finish line in 26.60.

“The event, the prizes and the energy at the PUMA School of Speed is very cool.  It’s a very nice event.  This is the first time that I finish first against big schools.  I hope to take part again.”

Kyla Labuschagne came in second, while Tayla Kotzee finished third.

 Jonker claimed her second victory of the day, this time in the U19 100m with an impressive time of 12.80.

“It feels very good to claim gold twice, but I am very tired now.  My advice to athletes taking on the 100m and 200m is to start good, do your best and work hard.”

Suzaan Nel came in second, while Kyla Labuschagne finished third.

“Track and field #FutureStars delivered a sensational display of talent and sportsmanship in Mbombela today,” says PUMA Marketing Director Brett Bellinger.

“Competition was rife, with #FutureStars pulling out all the stops.  The 2020 Series has been action packed.  We look forward to closing it off on a high note at the Bestmed TuksAthletics Stadium (Pretoria) on Saturday 29 February 2020 at the PUMA School of Speed #5.”



Photo 1 Caption: Charlize Batista from High School Rob Ferreira in White River secured gold in the Girls U19 400m in a time of 01:07.53 on Saturday, 8 February 2020.  Photo:  Tobias Ginsberg

With editing by gsport