Mika-Leigh Strydom Secures Gold at Laser Run World Champs

Mika-Leigh Strydom from South Africa previously pictured competing in a Laser Run event. Photo: Supplied

The UIPM 2023 Pentathlon and Laser Run World Championships commenced in spectacular fashion, with athletes from around the world showcasing their skills in the Women’s Individual Laser Run categories from Saturday, 19 August.

In a display of remarkable determination and skill, Mika-Leigh Strydom from South Africa emerged triumphant in the U15 category, securing the gold medal. 

Expressing her gratitude after the victory, Strydom acknowledged the efforts of those who supported her throughout the competition. “It was very hard, I had to try my best and I just want to thank all the people who helped me and told me to push to the last, as I always do. Thank you to all my friends and family and my parents for bringing me here, and my coach.” 

The 14-year-old further expressed her appreciation for the support she received from her teammate, Emmy, who clinched second place, stating, “I want to thank the crowd and my parents and grandparents and sister, and my teammate who came second, she is always supportive and a great teammate.” 

The UIPM 2023 Laser Run World Championships is a unifying platform, bringing athletes of all age groups together. Over the course of three days, participants will vie for world titles across various age divisions, ranging from Under 9 to Masters 70+. The event’s inclusivity is celebrated with the inclusion of a Para Laser Run race on the final day.

With representation from 33 countries and an impressive roster of over 560 athletes, the eighth edition of the Laser Run World Championships showcases UIPM’s most popular development sport on a global scale. As the competition unfolds, spectators can look forward to witnessing incredible displays of athleticism and sportsmanship.

Photo 1 Caption: Mika-Leigh Strydom from South Africa previously pictured competing in a Laser Run event. Photo: Supplied

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