Carina Horn (Tuks/HPC) got so close on Thursday to getting the bragging rights for being South Africa’s fastest woman when she clocked a time of 11.07 seconds in the 100m final of the Africa Championships in Durban.
The African record-holder, Murielle Ahouré (Ivory Coast), won in 10.99 seconds with Horn finishing second and Marie-Josee Ta Lou (Ivory Coast) third in 11.15 seconds.
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Three weeks ago in Poland Horn managed to run a time of 11.18 seconds in the heats as well as in the final. Two weeks ago at a meeting at the University of Pretoria she also ran 11.18 seconds.
On Thursday in the heats her winning time was 11.14 seconds and now she clocked 11.07 seconds. It would seem that her times are getting faster every time she races.
It is a sure sign that the Tuks/HPC-athlete is on track of giving a good account of herself at the Olympic Games in Rio.
In 2015 she equalled Evette de Klerk’s long- standing South African record of 25 years when she ran 11.06 seconds in Madrid so she needed just 0.02 seconds to become the sole-holder of the national record.
Horn admitted that it was slightly disappointing to miss out on getting the record but then again it was also highly motivating for her to break 11.10 seconds for the first time the season.
Ben Youssef Meite (Ivory Coast) won the men’s 100m in 9.95 seconds Lesotho’s Mosito Lehata was second in 10.04 seconds and South Africa’s Akani Simbine (Tuks/HPC) was third in 10.05 seconds.
Gift Leotlela (Grade 12-learner TuksSport High School) was fourth in 10.24 seconds. Unfortunately the wind from behind was too strong during the race.
South Africa’s Ruswahl Samaai won the long jump with a personal best effort of 8.40m (+2.9m/s).
The former junior world champion, Luvo Manyonga (Tuks/HPC), was second with a jump of 8.23m and Ruri Raammkolodi (Botswana) third jumping 7.90m.
Neil Cornelius, Manyonga’s coach, was happy with how things played out.
“I had Luvo doing only four jumps as he had a slight hip injury. We did not want to risk aggravating it especially since the Olympics are not that far off,” he said.
“Luvo did exactly what I wanted him to do. With his first attempt he jumped 7.84m so as to just make sure he has got a legal jump on the score board. Then he jumped 8.20m followed by 8.23m.”
“The windy conditions made things quite tricky which meant that he had to keep his wits about him. Hopefully this proves that he will be able to adapt to whatever the weather conditions in Rio are going to be,” said Cornelius.
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Fredriech Pretorius (Tuks) won the decathlon with a total 7 780 points which is 25 points better than his previous best.
South Africa’s Claudia Heunis won the 100m hurdles in 13.35 seconds.
It was exciting was to see Taylon Bieldt run 13.47s in the same race to set a new South African junior record, especially since next month Bieldt will represent South Africa at the IAAF Junior World Championships in Poland.