Pretoria Boys High School won three medals at the ASA Championships held in Paarl at the end of March. To put their achievement into perspective, if Boys High were a province, these three medals would trump the medal tally of four whole provinces. In fact, it would rank us better on the medals table than the entire Eastern Cape!
Here is a blow-by-blow account of these fine athletes’ recent achievements.
Tristan Dean is the only Boys High athlete to compete for Gauteng at this year’s SA Schools in Port Elizabeth. Here he won a gold medal in the u/19 4x100m Relay. And then a week later he won a silver medal at the ASA Championships for the u/20 4x100m Relay after ranking 8th in the country for the hotly contested u/20 100m event.
Jorim Bangue needed to remain in his school record territory for the 110m Hurdles just to make it through to the ASA Championships. He managed to achieve this, and then he won a bronze medal in the u/18 110m Hurdles final, helping Gauteng North to a clean sweep on the podium. His time of 13.83 in that final ranks him 12th in the world so far this year. His times this season have also been good enough to be selected to represent his home country of Cameroon at the CAA African Championships, which is to be held in Ivory Coast in a fortnight.
Matthew Forrester, the team captain, needed to break school records just to qualify for the ASA Championships. But his careful preparation took him well beyond that in the u/20 3000m Steeplechase final where he won a silver medal in a time of 9:12.96. This is a time fast enough to rank him 7th in the world so far this year! Two days after that, he set yet another school record in the u/20 1500m final where he ranked 4th in the country. His stunning kick at the end of that tactical race helped him claim the scalps of some big names.
The total dominance of Gauteng North at these championships is proof of the quality of our schools’ athletes and the proverb that iron sharpens iron.