Competing in wet conditions, sprinters Tshenolo Lemao and Retshidisitswe Mlenga earned gold and silver respectively in the Boys 100m final.
The duo scooped the nation’s first ever medals in a world championship event over the short-sprint distance, with Lemao clocking 10.57, holding off Mlenga by just 0.04. Jamaican speedster Tyreke Wilson settled for bronze in 10.65.
“It feels good to win the first gold of the championship for South Africa,” Lemao said afterwards. “I came prepared for the race after finishing second in my semi-final.”
Though he had entered the race as th...