South Africa’s Tshenolo Lemao Wins First Ever 100m World Title [Video]

Remember the name Tshenolo Lemao because he’s going to go on to do great things.

The 17-year-old Lemao, who attends the TuksSport High School in Pretoria, won the 100m final at the IAAF Under-18 World Championships in Nairobi on Wednesday.

In wet conditions, the youngster sped to gold in 10.57, ahead of another South African in Retshidisitswe Mlenga, who took the silver in 10.61. Mlenga had won the semi-final in a new personal best of 10.37.

“It was a great race to run. I was really excited going into it and I just wanted to go all out,” Lemao told the IAAF website.

“I knew the conditions would be tough, but I told myself I needed to stay strong and focused, and just go.”

It might seem unthinkable, but South Africa has never had a world champion in a 100m event – both at junior and senior level. Now we have a champ and a runner up!

Watch the race below.


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