Alkana shines, hur­dles to new record

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - OCK­ERT DE VIL­LIERS

FI­NALLY get­ting his break­through, An­to­nio Alkana smashed the SA and con­ti­nen­tal 110m hur­dles record with a win­ning time of 13.11 sec­onds at the Josef Od­ložil Me­mo­rial in Prague.

Alkana has threat­ened to break Lon­don 2012 fi­nal­ist Le­hann Fourie’s record of 13.24 and came painstak­ingly close in Rabat last year when he stopped the clock 0.04 short of that time.

The South African fin­ished ahead of Hun­gary’s Balázs Baji, who posted a na­tional record of 13.24 for sec­ond place. Alkana’s time was the joint third fastest time for the sea­son, which will hold him in good stead ahead of the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don in Au­gust.

South African women’s 400m hur­dles ace Wenda Nel made a promis­ing start to her in­ter­na­tional cam­paign by win­ning her race with a sea­son’s best and world qual­i­fy­ing time of 54.66.

Com­mon­wealth Games cham­pion Cor­nel Fred­er­icks also earned a podium fin­ish clock­ing 49.42 with Ma­madou Kassé Hanne of France tak­ing the spoils in 49.02. Com­pa­triot Lind­sey Hanekom fin­ished fifth with a sea­son’s best of 50.63 in only his sec­ond race of the year.

South Africa’s sec­ond fastest 100m sprinter Thando Roto raced home in third place clock­ing 10.15 with Mos­ito Le­hata of Le­sotho win­ning in a time of 10.11.

Mean­while, Wayde van Niek­erk dipped below 20 sec­onds rac­ing to vic­tory in an unortho­dox straight-track 200m race at the Bos­ton Games on Sun­day evening. Although the time of 19.84 sec­onds is 0.03 faster than Anaso Jo­bod­wana’s na­tional mark it can­not be recog­nised for record pur­poses.

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