Colombia – South African javelin thrower Paul Botha launched a personal best throw of 78.49m to win the country’s second gold at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Colombia on Sunday.
“I am very happy, I did better than yesterday and it was my goal to come and win with a personal best throw,” Botha said.
Bowing out with five medals – two gold, two silver and bronze – it was one of the country’s best performances at the championships since its inception in 1999.
Botha is the third South African to win the javelin throw title at the World Youth Championships following in the footsteps of Noel Meyer (2005) and Reinhard van Zyl (2011).
The javelin throw is undoubtedly the country’s best event in the championships.
In the boys’ javelin alone South African athletes have won three gold, two silver and a bronze medal.
Botha’s first throw placed him in fourth place but his second attempt of 78.49m launched him into first place.