Cape athletes impress on the big stage

As the athletics track and field season draws to a close, promising athletes from across the city gave a good account of themselves at regional and national championships.

Wynberg Girls’ Qaadirah Crous goes through her paces in the long jump event at last week’s Western Cape High School Athletic Championship at the Dal Josaphat Stadium in Paarl. Picture: Mark Ward
Jan van Riebeeck High School’s rising middle distance star Damain Bosch dominated the boys’ under-19 race to win in 1min53.25sec after leading from start to finish at last week’s Western Cape High School Athletic Championship at the Dal Josphat Stadium in Paarl. His time was far from his personal best of 1min51.99sec but he’ll be looking for an improved performance at the national championship set to take place in Germiston from Saturday April 1 to Wednesday April 5. Picture: Mark Ward
Riaan Galant, 18, a matriculant at Eros Special Education School in Bridgetown, smashed three records at last week’s SA Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD) national championships, held at Green Point Athletic Stadium and other venues across the city. Picture: Fuad Esack
Lamicah Adamson, a member of Team Western Cape’s under-11 4x100m relay team showed the rest of the field a clean pair of heels at last week’s primary schools’ national championships in Pietermaritzburg. In a now gone viral video, Lamicah, from Mitchell’s Plain, can be seen powering down the back straight on the second leg to give her team a commanding lead. She also won the girls’ under-11 80m and 100m national titles. Picture: Fuad Esack
Former WP star hurdler Naeem Jack ran the competition into the ground at Athletics South Africa’s under-16, under-18 and under-20 national championships in the same city, last Friday. Now sporting the black and gold colours of Boland Athletics since his transfer from Mondale High in Mitchell’s Plain to Paarl Boys, Jack was at his explosive best, first out of the starting blocks in the boys’ under-18 110m hurdles and crossing the finish line in record-breaking style. Picture: Cecelia van Bers
Furqaan Jacobs won the boys’ under-17 long jump event with a leap of 6.68m to pip Boland’s Charldenyo Vermeulen into second place at last week’s Western Cape high schools’ athletic championship at the Dal Josaphat Stadium, in Paarl. However, he picked up a groin injury and disappointingly came fourth in the under-17 100 m final after comfortably winning his heat earlier in the competition. Picture: Mark Ward