ATH­LET­ICS

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LAUNCH­ING a su­perb ef­fort in the early stages of the sea­son, Zinzi Cha­bangu broke the South African women’s triple jump record over the week­end, pro­duc­ing a 14.02m leap at an Ath­let­ics Gaut­eng North league Meet­ing in Tshwane.

Cha­bangu’s per­for­mance added 13 cen­time­tres to the pre­vi­ous SA mark of 13.89m, which had been set by Pa­tience Nt­shingila in Potchef­stroom in March 2012.

Pro­duc­ing a break­through re­sult, she added 37 cen­time­tres to her twoyear-old per­sonal best.

Though Cha­bangu was 30cm short of the qual­i­fy­ing stan­dard for this year’s Tokyo Olympics, the 23-year-old Univer­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg ath­lete took a big step for­ward in her first per­for­mance of the sea­son.

“I’m ab­so­lutely shocked,” Cha­bangu told Tuk­sS­port in an in­ter­view af­ter the event. “Be­cause it is an Olympic year, the goal is to go big, but I did not ex­pect to do so to­day.” | African News Agency (ANA)

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