Precious Potential for Medals

by | Jul 7, 2007

A flight will depart from OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday 7 April, carrying very precious cargo, 49 young athletes who will be hoping to make their mark at the 5th IAAF World Youth Championships in

Czech Republic
between 11 and 15 July.

Amongst those young athletes will be the likes of Tazmin Brits, who shoulders the responsibility of being a serious medal contender at the international event, but there is another athlete, by the name of Precious Mnisi, who could well spring a surprise.

Currently Mnisi heads both the 800m and 1500m SA Youth Rankings, after a string of performances including winning both races at the SA Schools Championships, and at the SA Youth Title.

She has a best time of 2:08;76 for the 800m and 4:31;67 for the 1500m, and has been a class apart domestically, and with exposure to international competition, she may be spurred to run even harder and faster at the World Championships.

In 2005 the title was won in a time of 2:07;42 with silver and bronze clocked in 2:08;15 and 2:08;35, and Mnisi’s best of 2:08;76 is not that far off.

Whatever happens, the World Youth Championships will remain a hotly contested event that will be permanently located in the minds of the athletes, Mnisi included.

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