World Record Holder, Luke Davids, Wins SA Youth Gold… Again

Luke Davids - Picture taken by Roger Sedres

The 17-year-old Luke Davids has once again proven that he is South Africa’s sprinting star in the making, by taking the 100-meter gold at the South African Under-20 Championships.

The Belhar speedster won the final with a time of 10.43 seconds while his training partner, Josias Jesse, took bronze in the under 18 race. Luke also took the second place silver in the 200m with a time of 21.35 seconds.

Both youngsters are members of the University of the Western Cape’s Athletics Club.

Last year, at the same event, Luke took both the 100m and 200m under-18 gold with a time of 10.31 and 21.44 seconds respectively.




Luke is currently the 100m, under-18 world record holder; after smashing the previous record with a time of 10.24 seconds, at the 2018 Youth Olympics.

In addition to his record-breaking performance, he also won gold at the 2018 All Africa Youth Games as well as having won silver in the 200m.

Athletics SA recently announced that he has been included in the 61-member national team that will represent South Africa at the 2019 All Africa Youth Games, to be held in the Ivory Coast on April 16 to 20.

The 2019 South African Under-20 Championships took place from March 28th to the 30th, at the Dal Josaphat Stadium in Paarl.

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