SA ATHLETES KICK-START INDOOR SEASON

 
Updated: February 1, 2015

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A trio of South African athletes got their 2015 international track seasons off to a solid start this week with some impressive performances on the indoor circuit, led by two of the country’s top sprinters.
Carina Horn continued where she left off after a breakthrough 2014 campaign, storming to victory in the women’s 60m dash at the PSD Bank meeting in Dusseldorf on Thursday.
Crossing the line in a personal best 7.21 seconds, Horn was just 0.06 outside Wendy Hartman’s 16-year-old SA record.
Elsewhere, on Saturday, Anaso Jobodwana bounced back from a nine-month layoff after undergoing hernia surgery to finish fourth at a collegiate indoor meeting in Arizona.
The lanky 22-year-old speedster, an Olympic and World Championships 200m finalist, clocked 6.70 seconds as he covered the 60m distance 0.04 shy of the career record he set early last year.
“I’m content with my time,” Jobodwana said.
“My coach says I’m starting to put everything together, bit by bit.”
Meanwhile, middle-distance runner Johan Cronje shook off a minor injury scare to produce two respectable performances in Europe.
Cronje, who twisted his ankle shortly before the meeting, maintained his composure to clock 7:59.69 for fifth place in the men’s 3 000m race in Dusseldorf, finishing 15 seconds behind Kenyan winner Nixon Chepsepba.
Having considered withdrawal from the Indoor Permit meeting in Karlsruhe two days later, according to his agent Oliver Topueth, Cronje felt he was ready after warming up at the stadium and decided to toe the line.
He went on to chop more than seven seconds off his new personal best, clocking 7:52.33, with Kenyan steeplechase specialist Paul Kipsiele Koech securing victory in 7:45.41.