Leotlela wins Silver in Poland

At the u/20 World Athletics Championships in Poland, Gift Leotlela demonstrated why he is one of the most exciting young athletes in South Africa at the moment.  Having overcome the disappointment of finishing 4th in the 100m earlier in the week, he kept his composure in the 200m finishing second in a time of 20.59. “I believed I could win a medal at these championships and after the 100m where I ran a PB in the semi-finals, I was determined to do well in the 200m” said a satisfied Leotlela. His teammate and tanning partner Clarence Munyai posted the fastest time coming into the final of the 200m, but in a close race finished 4th.

Other Agency athletes also performed well over the 6 day event.  Taylon Bieldt, broke the SA u/20 record in the semi-finals of the 100m hurdles with a 13.35 performance, putting her into the top 8 overall. In the 400m hurdles Gezelle Magerman ran a personal best time of 57.75 in the heats earning her a semi-final spot.

Lee-Roy Newton, group MD, was very happy with the maturity shown by these young athletes and is excited about the journey ahead “Our athletes showed great poise under pressure at these championships and the results speak for themselves. This is a good foundation to work from and with more international experience I think they can all achieve even greater success”.

7 Agency clients heading to Rio

Newton Agency is proud to be representing 7 clients from 4 different countries in the upcoming Rio Olympic Games. “These seven athletes represent all the Olympics stands for: determination, perseverance and excellence. They have all worked incredible hard to get to where they are and I have no doubt they will do both themselves and their countries proud in Rio” said group MD Lee-Roy Newton. With the Games only 19 days away he went on to wish all the athletes well in their final preparations before they head into the athletes village.

 

List of athletes and events:

Athletics:

Tlotliso Gift Leotlela       200m

Clarence Munyai             200m

Wenda Nel                       400m Hurdles

Kurt Couto  (Mozambique)      400m Hurdles

Nijel Amos (Botswana)             800m

Namakoe Lucky Nkhasi  (Lesotho)  5000m

 

Swimming:

Myles Brown                   200 & 400 Freestyle