Steenkamp’ SA record gone with the tail­wind

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - OCK­ERT DE VIL­LIERS

THWARTED by an il­le­gal tail­wind, 100m hur­dles ace Rikenette Steenkamp was de­nied the South African record in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzer­land yes­ter­day.

Dip­ping be­low 13 sec­onds for the sec­ond time in a week, Steenkamp won her race with a wind-as­sisted time of 12.92 sec­onds.

Steenkamp’s time was 0.02 faster than Corien Botha’s na­tional record but it could not be recog­nised due to an il­le­gal tail­wind of 2.1 me­tres per sec­ond.

She fin­ished ahead of Ee­fje Boons of the Nether­lands, who fin­ished sec­ond in 13.03 with Deborah John of Trinidad and Tobago bag­ging bronze in 13.19.

Last week Steenkamp be­came only the sec­ond South African woman to dip be­low 13 sec­onds when she fin­ished sec­ond in Os­trava.

While Steenkamp,

pic­tured, has dipped be­low the B-qual­i­fy­ing stan­dard for the IAAF World Championships in Lon­don next month, she will have to take an­other chunk off her per­sonal best to reach the A-qual­i­fyng time of 12.77.

South African sprinter Emile Eras­mus also earned a podium place fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the 100m clock­ing a time of 10.21 with David Lima of Por­tu­gal win­ning in a time of 10.14.

Rio Olympian Clarence Mun­yai raced to the 200m ti­tle at the African Ju­nior Championships in Al­ge­ria.

Mun­yai posted the sec­ond fastest time of his ca­reer when he crossed the line in a time of 20.22.

His vic­tory comes days af­ter he posted a new 300m world ju­nior best of 31.61 in Os­trava.

It was the same race in which Wayde van Niek­erk posted a new world best of 30.81.

Mak­ing his Di­a­mond League de­but, for­mer South African 100m record­holder Hen­ri­cho Bru­in­tjies nar­rowly missed out on a medal in Paris on Satur­day.

Bru­in­tjies fin­ished fourth post­ing a time of 10.23 sec­onds which was the same time given to Dutch ath­lete Chu­randy Martina, who fin­ished third on a photo fin­ish.

African cham­pion Ben Youssef Meite of the Ivory Coast won the race in a time of 9.99 with Yu­nier Perez of Cuba fin­ish­ing sec­ond in 10.05.

The race was re­duced to six ath­letes af­ter two sprint­ers were dis­qual­i­fied for false starts.

Ear­lier, South African 110m hur­dles record-holder An­to­nio Alkana fin­ished his race in fifth place post­ing a time of 13.24 which was the third fastest time of his ca­reer.

Alkana posted his sec­ond fastest time dur­ing the heats ear­lier in the day clock­ing 13.21.

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