TeamSA flagbearer Michael Houlie (left) and teammates at the Youth Olympics athletes' village. Photo: Michael Houlie on facebook

BUENOS AIRES – Michael Houlie set up a potential medal opportunity for Team SA by qualifying for the final of the men's 50 metres breaststroke, at the Youth Olympics, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Thursday.

The 18-year-old Capetonian produced the fastest time of the semifinals, winning his race in 27.33 seconds, which was faster than his morning heats time of 27.99.

Any hopes that Duné Coetzee had of returning home with two individual medals were dashed when she ended 6th in her 200 metres butterfly semifinal in 1:01.29. Tuks club swimmer Coetzee won silver in the 200 metres butterfly on Monday.

On the hockey 5's front, the South African women's team lost 5-2 to India. Kyla de Waal and Angela Welham scored for SA, who will now face Australia in the quarterfinals.

Athletics action began on Thursday evening with Prudence Sekgodiso ending second in her 800 metres heat in 2:08.53.

 Kayla van den Berg advanced to the next stage of the 100 metres hurdles, having finished third in her heat in 14.10.

Francois Prinsloo took 8th spot in the discus with a distance of 54.07 metres, while Carmie Prinsloo ended 9th in the 3000 metres in 9:18.92.

Team SA's golfers found the going tough with Cole Stevens ending 12 shots off the pace with a round of 80 in the men's individual strokeplay, third round.

In the women's individual strokeplay competition, Kaiyuree Moodley carded 76  to finish 7 shots behind the leader.

Jayden Pretorius placed 6th in the men's 77kg weightlifting, while Dorothy Gouws ended 10th in the women's kiteboarding twin tip race 6.

African News Agency (ANA)