BUENOS AIRES – Michael Houlie added a second gold medal to the South African cause with victory in the 50m breaststroke final at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Friday.
The 18-year-old Capetonian clocked 27.51 seconds to hold off China’s Jiajun Sun (27.85).
Duné Coetzee just missed out on a medal in the 400m freestyle final, ending fourth in 4:15.27.
On the hockey 5s front, SA advanced to the semi-finals in recording a thrilling 3-2 penalty shoot-out win over Australia after the match ended 2-2.
Kyla de Waal and Jacolene Mclaren netted for SA during regulation time.
The South Africans will take on Argentina in the last four on Saturday, with the other semi-final to be decided between India and China.
On the athletics scene, Luke Davids produced the fastest time in the 100m heats with an effort of 10.56.
Donovan Tito recorded a personal best performance in the long jump first round with a leap of 7.59m to take third place.
Nicole Louw qualified for the next round of the 1 500 metres, in finishing sixth in her heat in 4:27.06.
Dané Roets also advanced in the women’s shot put, placing third with 17.30m.
Lohan Potgieter ended 13th in the first round of the men’s shot put (17.35m), while Bianca Erasmus finished 16th in the women’s high jump (1.65m).
Marissa Swanepoel took 12th spot in the 5 000 metres walk in 25:21.85.
Houlie’s gold medal moved SA to joint-17th spot on the medal table after five days of sport action in Buenos Aires.
African News Agency (ANA)