Indiphile Myeki: South African wonder boy with a promising athletics future

Eleven-year-old Indiphile Myeki has been hailed as a bright athletics prospect after he stole the spotlight during the recent Central Gauteng Athletics Provincial Championships.

.History was made at the Germiston Stadium as Myeki, a Grade 5 leaner at Tamaho Primary School in Katlehong, showcased his remarkable skills in the boys’ Under-11 1200m finals. Representing the Katlehong Athletics Club, he clocked an impressive 3 minutes and 38 seconds, earning himself a well-deserved standing ovation as the young talent left an indelible mark by crossing the finish line first.

Xolelwa Kalazane, Myeki’s teacher at Tamaho Primary, shared that the school accorded the exciting youngster a hero’s welcome following his historic achievement.

“He demonstrates average academic performance but truly excels in the realm of sports. We take immense pride in his accomplishments, and the school actively encourages and supports his athletics aspirations,” Kalazane told SABC Sport.”

Recognising his athletics potential during the foundation phase, we made the decision to enrol him in the Katlehong Athletics Club earlier this year, and his progress has been remarkable ever since.

“As both his teacher and coach at school, I work alongside another dedicated coach at the club to nurture his talent,” he added.

His stellar achievements include representing the school at district, provincial, and national levels, where he has earned an impressive collection of gold, silver, and bronze medals in the 1 200m and 1 500m events. 

“We are committed to bolstering his dreams by providing the necessary resources for him to excel in his chosen athletics pursuits.”

Kalazane characterised Myeki, who this year amassed 11 medals from various competitions – all of which were proudly displayed during the school’s year-end functions on Thursday, as a reserved and modest leaner who has endeared himself to the entire school community. The collective aspiration is to witness him one day representing his country at the Olympic Games.

“We are collaborating with his parents, CGA and the athletics club to support his journey towards becoming a standout performer,” Kalazane remarked.

South African middle-distance athletics has faced challenges since the era of Caster Semenya, the late Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, and the retired Hazekiel Sepeng.

Despite these difficulties, there is hope for a revival with promising talent like Myeki, if he receives the necessary support to pursue his goal of becoming a top athlete, he holds the potential to proudly elevate the South African flag on the international stage.

(story credit: SABC Sport)

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