SA ath­letes are long-stand­ing lo­cal and con­ti­nen­tal records


CityPress - - Sport - DANIEL MOTHOWAGAE dmoth­owa­gae@city­ see graphic).

Sprinter Wayde van Niek­erk (22) joined the grow­ing list of high-fly­ing South African track and field record hold­ers when he chalked up a new African record over the 300m last Sun­day. “The record was just a bonus and a bless­ing. I ac­tu­ally en­joy the 300m a lot,” he told City Press this week a few days af­ter he clocked a new con­ti­nen­tal record and South African time of 31.63 at last week­end’s In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions (IAAF) Di­a­mond League meet­ing.

The pre­vi­ous record of 31.74 in the 300m was set 29 years ago by the now late Ivo­rian sprinter Gabriel Ti­a­coh – while Morné Nagel set the 32.15 South African record in De­cem­ber 2006.

The Birm­ing­ham event was Van Niek­erk’s first in­ter­na­tional meet­ing and he had re­cently com­pleted his midyear ex­ams.

“I’m ac­tu­ally happy that I passed all my sub­jects. Now I can com­pete with the weight [of ex­ams] off my shoul­ders,” said the Uni­ver­sity of the Free State stu­dent, who is study­ing to­wards a BA in mar­ket­ing.

Van Niek­erk now holds two na­tional records, hav­ing also smashed the 15-year-old SA 400m record ex­actly a year ago.

The lanky sprinter has etched his name in the coun­try’s ath­let­ics an­nals along­side Anaso Jo­bod­wana, Stephen Mokoka, LJ van Zyl, Willem Co­ertzen, An­ne­mie Smith and Le­bo­gang Shange (

Jo­bod­wana low­ered the SA 200m time to 20.04 – only two weeks af­ter break­ing Nagel’s 13-year record of 20.11 last month.

His feat came a few days af­ter de­cath­lete Co­ertzen made an amaz­ing come­back from in­jury at the IAAF World Com­bined Events Chal­lenge in Aus­tria.

Co­ertzen bet­tered his own na­tional record and claimed 8 398 points af­ter he notched up per­sonal bests in the 1 500m (4:22.22), shot put (14.14m) and dis­cus throw (44.84m).

A de­cathlon con­sists of 10 track and field events and per­for­mance is judged on a points sys­tem in each event, not by the in­di­vid­ual po­si­tions achieved.

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