SOUTHERN CAPE SPORT NEWS - On Sunday, 5 May, 23 Eden athletes competed at the SA Laserrun Championships in Pretoria.
Eden Modern Pentathlon (MPA) achieved 12 medals in these championships.
Johan Windt achieved a gold medal at the Tetrathlon SA Champs held on 3 and 4 May, also in Pretoria (tetrathlon is a combination of four disciplines - swimming, fencing, running and shooting).
In the Laserrun Championships, Johan Windt and Green Groenewald both achieved gold. The six silver medalists were Tonya Schoeman, Stef Schoeman, Zané Vorster, Linelle Groenwald, Ulene Visser and Rika Spang.
Eden's bronze medals went to Marcus Kleynhans, Neytwin Lamini, Bertus Myburgh and Zelna Hugo.
Other results were as follows:
- U11 girls - Anna Grabe (5th), Jedidja Viljoen (21st)
- U11 boys - Albert Myburgh (11th)
- U13 boys - Liam Julyan (11th), Johann Grabe (15th), Zian Windt (20th)
- U15 girls - Nadia Visser (11th)
- Junior male - Davon Prins (4th), Marno Theunissen (5th)
- Senior male - Jerome Jacobs (6th)
- Master 40+ woman - Janine Viljoen (4th)
- Master 50+ male - Barend van der Merwe (5th)
- Master 60+ male - Leslie Abrahams (4th)
Eight athletes from Eden MPA qualified to participate in the Laserrun World Championships in Budapest from 2 to 8 September.
The Sampa Colours (A Team) are: Tonya Schoeman (U13 girls), Ulene Visser (Master 40+ woman) and Johan Windt (Master 60+ men).
The President Colours (B Team) are: Anna Grabe (U11 girls), Stef Schoeman (U17 boys), Linelle Groenewald (senior female), Greens Groenewald (Master 40+ men) and Bertus Myburgh (Master 40+ men).
Laser-run is the UIPM’s fastest-growing development sport, which incorporates the finale of the Olympic version of modern pentathlon.
Laser Run, which has enjoyed rapid growth in popularity and profile since its introduction in 2015, will be one of two showcase sports at the inaugural Games from 13 to 15 September 2019 after its impact on the worldwide urban sports scene was recognised by the organisers, GAISF.
In 2019 the UIPM Laser Run World Championships will be incorporated for the first time in the Pentathlon World Championships, taking place in Budapest from September 2 to 8, with the mixed relay coinciding with the second Pierre de Coubertin Pentathlon Day - a global celebration of the legacy of the founder of Modern Pentathlon - on the final day.
Not only will Budapest stage the double UIPM showpiece in September, the city has also recently been confirmed as host of the inaugural World Urban Games, in which laser-run will be a showcase sport.
A qualifying system for Laser Run at the World Urban Games will be announced in due course, along with details of athlete quotas (per country and gender), competition format and schedule.
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