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Pentathlon: South Africa stars speak on qualification for Youth Olympics

By Jacob Ajom

SOUTH African Pentathlon champion, Rhys Poovah is in a dreamland after leading Team South Africa to qualify for the 2018 World Youth Olympics.

Rhys Poovah

Poovah who dusted opposition from the likes of Ghana and Nigeria among others in the Youth Olympic Qualifying tournament in Nigeria, was full of appreciation to his family for making it possible for him to represent his country at the championship.

He said qualifying for the Youth Olympic has posed a lot of challenge to him now because it means going to Argentina to give a good account of himself and defend the image of his country.

“It means a lot to me. It means more training and more concentration.”

He said he has spent so much time learning all the sports involved in Pentathlon, namely swimming, shooting, fencing and running, “It requires a lot of experience to do this. I have been in the sport for two years. I train a lot in swimming, running, shooting and fencing.”

Poovah’s compatriot, 14 year old Alida van der Mcarwe who also came tops in the female category was also optimistic on her chances in Buenos Aires next year. “I improved on my personal time and I feel good qualifying to represent South Africa at the Youth Olympics,” she said..


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