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Tiffany Keep wins SA’s first gold medal at Games

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Keep has had a sensational year that includes victories in the Knysna Cycle Tour and Herald Cycle Tour

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KZN teenage cycling star Tiffany Keep claimed South Africa’s first gold medal of the African Games in Morocco yesterday, topping the podium in the women’s cross-country mountain biking.

The 18-year-old from Hillcrest finished in 1:19.15, almost a full minute ahead of Mauritius’s Aurelie Halbwachs (1:20.03) and her compatriot Mary Lecourt de Billot, who finished in 1:22.52 for the bronze.

Keep has had a sensational year that includes victories in the Knysna Cycle Tour and Herald Cycle Tour, and third place at the Karkloof Classic, while she also finished as the first Under-23 rider at the SA mountain bike cross-country championships last month.

Meanwhile, on the beach volleyball court, the SA duo of Grant Goldschmidt and Leo Williams went down to the home team, Morocco’s Mohammed Abicha and Zouheir El Graoui, 2-0 (21-16, 23-21) in their men’s doubles semi-final in Rabat.

The South Africans were set to come up against the Rwandan pair of Patrick Kavalo Akumuntu and Olivier Ntagengwa in the bronze medal match later yesterday.

Elsewhere, several South African swimmers were gunning for medals in the pool late yesterday evening, having successfully made it through their respective morning heats and into the finals.

In football, the SA Under-20 women were also looking to redeem themselves after an opening 3-0 loss to Nigeria when they took on Zambia’s Under-20s in a Group B encounter later yesterday.

Athletes from 53 nations are competing across 28 sports at the African Games in Morocco, which will come to an end on August 31.