Justine Palframan solidified her position on the team to the World Junior Championships in Barcelona in June when she dominated the Junior women’s 400m final in Germiston at the Yellow Pages SA Youth, Junior and Schools Championships.
Palframan crossed the line in 53.51sec – well inside the required 53.67sec, and in the process she won the 400m title for the first time after finishing second in 2011.
The 19-year old Palframan previously reached the qualifying time (53.67sec) in 53.59sec at the Provincial Championships on 9 March. Stephanie Wicksell (AGN) finished behing Palframan in 55.35sec followed by Mareike Wolhuter (WPA) in 55.99sec.
Philippa van der Merwe in the women’s 100m joins Palframan among athletes that have reach the qualifying standard to date.
Jordaan breaks SA Record in girls’ shot put
Lezaan Jordaan from Gauteng Schools set a new SA record in the girl’s shot put with the new 3kg weight. Should nobody improve the distance by the end of the year this will be confirmed. The battle was between Jordaan and schools’ Geraldine Duvenage with the event not being decided until the last round.
Jordaan lead after the first two rounds (16.32m first round) with Duvenage taking the lead in the 3rd round after her attempt measured 16.50m. Jordaan then improved her distance in the 4th round by putting 16.92m. Duvenage responded by just breaking the 17m-mark (17.01). The second last round saw Jordaan answering with 17.16m, Duvenage then decided the competition with a put of 17.19m.
A massive 17.52m in the final round was enough to crown the new SA Champion after Duvenage had no answer to Jordaan’s astonishing throw and finished with a final attempt of 16.63m. Yolande Willemse from Eastern Cape Schools finished 3rd with her final round attempt measuring 14.65m.
Tamzin Thomas from Western Cape Schools won the Sub Youth 100m women’s race in 11.85sec, a time that could’ve placed her amongst the fastest youth athletes in South Africa were it not for wind assistance of 2.2m/sec. Cassidy Williamson (KZN Schools) crossed the line in 12.24sec followed by Jeanelle Griesel (AGN) in 12.36sec.
15 year-old Du Plessis qualifies for World Junior Championships
But the list of World Junior Championships qualifiers grew bigger on the final day of the champs when Julia du Plessis becoming the 3rd-best youth high-jumper ever in South African history.
Should last year’s World top list be used, du Plessis would have claimed the top spot. The Gauteng Schools athlete cleared 1.88m at her 3rd attempt.
To date Justine Palframan is the sole female athlete guaranteed a spot in the team in the women’s 200m and 400m, while Philippa van der Merwe (100m) and Julia du Plessis (High Jump) have reached the qualifying standards.
Melissa Hewitt of Central North West won the 100m women’s U23 in 11.61sec with Sonja van der Merwe winning silver in 11.66sec. Elzette Buys’s (AGN) 11.72sec secured her the bronze medal. Rorisang Rammonye did not run in the final after sustaining an alleged hamstring in yesterday’s 200m semi-finals.
The next event, the Yellow Pages Interclub will take place in Pretoria on Thursday, 5 April.