The country's top women javelin throwers shone on Saturday, securing a clean sweep of the podium for the SA team on Day 4 of the CAA African Senior Athletics Championships in Mauritius.
Jo-Ane van Dyk earned gold in the final with a best attempt of 60.65m, with McKyla van der Westhuizen taking silver (55.55m) and Jana van Schalkwyk grabbing bronze (54.49m).
The national squad also bagged two medals in the decathlon, with former African champion Fredriech Pretorius taking silver with 7 504 points, while countryman Jesse Perez earned bronze (7 396).
“After the year I've had with injuries and not being able to train properly, I'm happy with my performance,” Pretorius said. “This year has not been ideal for me in terms of athletics. I have a baby now and I got married, but having another medal still brings so much joy for me.”
In the men's pole vault, Valco van Wyk took bronze, clearing the bar at 4.90m in a final which was won by Algerian athlete Medhi Rouana (5.30m).
“It was a well-fought day, with gold in a bag full of other medals. For this, we are gratefull to all medallists, coaches, support staff and entire management. Tomorrow is the last day and we have another chance to ensure that we wrestle the African crown from Kenya,” said James Moloi, the President of Athletics South Africa.
With another six medals in the bag, the South Africa remained top of the overall standings with a total of 25 medals (6 golds, 9 silvers, 10 bronze). Kenya is in second place with 5 golds, 2 silvers, 5 bronze. Nigeria is at third position with 4 golds, 2 silvers, 1 bronze. Algeria is on fourth position also with 4 golds, 2 silvers, 1 bronze.
The CAA African Championships will come to a close on Sunday.