Jano Esterhuizen produced his best ever performance in the javelin at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. Photo: Roger Sedres, CanonSA/African News Agency/ANA

BUENOS AIRES – Jano Esterhuizen topped the men’s javelin qualification standings on the third night of athletics action at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Saturday.

The Team SA thrower produced a personal best distance of 77.69 metres.

SA’s Lindukuhle Gora  clocked a career-best time of 51.70 seconds in the men’s 400 metres hurdles to advance to the next round, with only Japan’s Haruto Deguchi (51.40) able to go faster.

Hendrik van Huuysteen ended fifth in the men’s pole vault qualification round with 4.95 metres, while Sifiso Miya finished eighth in the men’s triple jump qualifiers with an evening best of 15.26m.

Martha Morake took 15th place overall in the women’s 400 metres hurdles with a time of 1:04.35, but failed to make the next round.

The SA sevens rugby team suffered their second defeat in as many matches as they went down 17-12 to France.

Muzi Manyike and Mnombo Zwelendaba scored tries, with Manyike adding one conversion.

The SA side went down 14-12 to Japan in their opening fixture. On Sunday, they will take on Argentina and Samoa.

Team SA’s hockey 5s were thrashed 11-0 in their women’s semi-final by hosts Argentina. The South Africans will play off for the bronze medal against China, who were beaten 3-0 by India in the other semi-final.

Zambia, who surprised in beating Australia 6-4 to make the men’s hockey 5s semifinals, went down 7-4 to Malaysia in their last-four match. 

The Zambians will play off against Argentina for the bronze medal after the hosts lost 3-1 to India in their semi-final.

Lindukuhle Gora advanced to the next round in the 400m hurdles. Photo: Roger Sedres, CanonSA/African News Agency/ANA

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