By Thathe Msimango
Tumi Ramokgopa is quickly establishing herself as one of South Africa’s top track and field athletes, thanks to a stunning performance at the recent SA Junior Championships in Pietermaritzburg.
The 16-year-old sprinter claimed double national titles by winning the 100m hurdles in a scorching time of 13.53 seconds, before adding the 400m hurdles crown in 59.26 seconds.
Ramokgopa, who hails from Athletics Gauteng North (AGN) and is currently studying at Prestige College, surprised even herself with her success at the event.
Speaking to Scrolla.Africa, she revealed that she had only expected to win the 100m hurdles, but her victory in the 400m event was an added bonus.
“These performances lift my morale boost too as I have been working hard for it,” she said.
Despite her success at the junior level, Ramokgopa faces a new challenge as she competes in the senior Track and Field Championships in Potchefstroom, North West.
She finished third in the 100m heats on Thursday, setting her sights on the final on Saturday.
“I think if I can get the podium on Saturday then I would be happy,” she said.
Ramokgopa is confident in her ability to succeed at the senior level but acknowledges the increased competition she will face.
“Things are different now with the seniors but I think it’s the healthy competition I would need to run fast times,” she said.
“So it’s something I’m welcoming with both hands in order to improve and be recognised as one of the best athletes in the country.”
Coached by the legendary George Bradley, Ramokgopa is focused on improving her times and securing more medals in the future.
With her talent and determination, there’s no doubt that this rising star will continue to shine brightly on the track.
Pictured above: Tumi Ramokgopa
Image source: Menlopark School