On Monday, 27 January 2020, track and field #FutureStars followed in the footsteps of Usain Bolt as they attempted to go #ForeverFaster at the PUMA School of Speed #3 that was hosted at the PUK McArthur Athletics Stadium in Potchefstroom.

The PUMA School of Speed #3 saw junior track and field #FutureStars between the ages of 14-19 compete in long and high jump, the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, long jump and hurdles.

Nicola van der Merwe (Potchefstroom University) was the athlete to beat in the Girls U19 100m.

“It feels good to come first. I know my hard work is paying off. I am happy. I still have a lot of work to do after tonight to get to my PB. My focus is on SA Champs. I am also in the team to go to World Champs, but first I have to prove myself as SA Champs.”

Anjenet Bezuidenhout came in second, while Caitlyn Geel finished third.

van der Merwe claimed her second victory of the evening, this time in the Girls U19 200m.

“I love the vibe at the PUMA School of Speed,” says van der Merwe.

“It’s a great event, it’s just fun. It’s nice to come first. All the hard work has paid off.”

Nellie Hetzel came in second, while Caitlyn Geel finished third.

Nellie Hetzel (Klerksdorp High School) took top honours in the Girls U19 400m in 59.68 seconds.

“I love the PUMA School of Speed,” says Hetzel.

“This is the third time that I participate. I now have a silver, bronze and gold medal. It was a tough race.  It means a lot to come first. I worked really hard.”

Precious Mokomela came in second, while Shirene Scholtz finished third.

“Junior track and field stars in Potchefstroom proved to be a force to be reckoned with today,” says PUMA Marketing Director Brett Bellinger.

“We were treated to exciting competition, good sportsmanship and great results. Your future is #ForeverFaster. Thank you for making the PUMA School of Speed #3 a memorable experience. We are excited more than ever to make our debut at the University of Mpumalanga (Mbombela) on Saturday 08 February 2020 when we host the PUMA School of Speed #4.”

 

 

Photo 1 Caption: Nicola van der Merwe (Potchefstroom University) claimed gold in the Girls U19 100m and 200m. Photo: Tobias Ginsberg

 

With editing by gsport