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SA's teen high jump world champ: I've proved people wrong

Eyewitness News logo Eyewitness News 2017-07-17 Shimoney Regter
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CAPE TOWN – High jumper Breyton Poole made South Africa proud this weekend as he clinched the gold medal in the boys' high jump final at the IAAF World U18 Championships in Nairobi.

Despite being a full head shorter than his opponents at just 1.72m, the 17-year-old Capetonian cleared an impressive 2.24m to win gold.

He cleared 2.20m with his second attempt, 2.22m with his first jump and 2.24m with his third, according to the IAAF.

WATCH: SA's Breyton Poole on his lead performance

“I was patient from the beginning and this made me more confident as the event went on,” Poole is quoted as saying by the IAAF.

“I feel great having set two best heights in the same competition.”

Pool said he has proved people wrong who thought he was too short to win.

“They thought I wouldn’t be able to adapt to it because I was so short.”

Meanwhile, sprinters Sokwakhana Zazini and Zeney van der Walt from South Africa claimed double gold in the boys and girls 400m hurdles finals.

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