ASA Senior Track & Field Championships & Combined Events, day 1: Dlodlo, Horn breaks national 100m records

Carina Horn breaks SA 100m Record in a time of 11.03

Carina Horn and Thando Dlodlo provided spectators with two national record-breaking performances on the first day of competition at the Tuks Bestmed Athletics Stadium in Pretoria.

Horn stunned the South African athletics fraternity when she won the women’s 100m semi-final in a scintillating time of 11.03 seconds to scrape out Evette de Klerk’s longstanding record of 11.06 seconds. The Olympic Games semi-finalist has been on the climb to stardom for almost a decade now, and only recently talks of her dipping under the magical 11 seconds barrier came to the surface. ‘Is she the first South African woman to run under 11 seconds in the 100m?’, ‘will it happen tomorrow?’, or ‘will the weather play along?’ are some of questions you might have, but unfortunately we don’t know the answers to those questions that right now. But we know for a fact that she came very close today…

Last month Dlodlo clocked 10.14 seconds and today he went 0.03 seconds faster than that to rewrite the South African junior men’s 100m record books. Going 0.01 seconds faster than Gift Leotlela’s previous record of 10.12 seconds in perfect sprinting conditions earlier today, the Monument High School athlete heads into tomorrow’s finals with a confidence that might push him to a medal winning performance. It won’t come easy though. In fact, it will be a very difficult task to compplete especially after what happened on Tuks’ Mondo track in the men’s 100m semi-finals today. With the wind-reading at +1.7m from behind, Western Province Athletics’ Roscoe Engel hurried to a 10.06 seconds win, recording the fastest time for today and also a new Western Province Athletics 100m record. His teammate, the first South African sprinter to run under 10 seconds in the 100m, Simon Magakwe, stopped the clock on 10.09 seconds, and Henricho Bruintjies 10.10 seconds. With the defending champion sidelined due to a hamstring niggle, a new champion will be crowned tomorrow. According to the current standings Engel is the favorite to win, but this is a championship event, and anything can happen.

Ending off the day, meanwhile, Dominique Scott ran 16:55.05 to win the women’s 5000m finals while Stephen Mokoka crossed the finish line first in the men’s 10000m to win his eighth gold medal. Wenda Nel stepped up her game to win her 400mh heat in 54.96 seconds, one of the fastest times in the world this year. And lastly, Victor Hogan won the men’s Discus Throw, Phil-Mar Janse van Rensburg the men’s Javelin Throw, and Julia du Plessis the women’s High Jump.

 

Written by Reggie Hufkie