A week of firsts

CityPress - - Sport -

Wayde van Niek­erk’s record-break­ing feat at the Birm­ing­ham Di­a­mond League meet­ing last Sun­day her­alded a week of firsts for South African ath­letes on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

Stephen Mokoka fin­ished third at the Birm­ing­ham event to be­came the first South African ath­lete to fin­ish on the podium in a Di­a­mond League race over dis­tances rang­ing from 3 000m to 10 000m.

Also, sprinter Hen­rico Bru­in­tjies (21) recorded the fastest time by a South African in an in­ter­na­tional meet at sea level with a 10.06 victory at the Josef Od­ložil Me­mo­rial meet­ing in Prague, Czech Repub­lic, on Mon­day night.

Bru­in­tjies’ time dis­placed Akani Sim­bine’s sea­son best of 10.08 as South Africa’s fastest over the 100m dash.

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