Breyton Conquers High Jump at African Junior Champs

In 2017, Breyton Poole gave us a taste of what he is capable of when he became the Junior World High Jump champion.

On Saturday, the 17-year-old reasserted his dominance by taking the under 18 gold medal at the Junior African Championships in Côte d’Ivoire.

The event, which took place at Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan, saw Breyton clear the bar with 2.18 meters.

He was the only athlete to clear the bar beyond 2.06m.

During the 2017 IAAF World Under 18 Championships, Breyton became a celebrity when cleared the bar with 2.24m, despite being the shortest high jumper competing.

The 2018 athletics season had however seen him struggle with form, but during the University Athletics competition earlier this month, Breyton won gold as a member and student of Stellenbosch University.

Given his dominant African win, he is starting to regain form and will most likely once again compete for the top spot on the world stage.

He is also likely to be part of the team that will represent South Africa and Stellenbosch at the 2019 World Student Championships in Naples.

The Student Championship team will be announced in May.


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