Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SCOTT LEADS SA INDOOR CHARGE
Dominique Scott spearheaded the South African charge on the international indoor circuit this weekend, racing to her third national record of the season.
Scott, who turns out for the Arkansas Razorbacks, won the women’s 3 000m event at the Husky Classic collegiate meeting in Washington on Saturday in a scorching time of 8:52.57, becoming the first SA woman to dip under nine minutes on an indoor track.
The versatile 22-year-old distance runner improved her personal best by 19 seconds and smashed Rene Kalmer’s five-year-old record by nearly nine seconds.
This performance follows the SA women’s mile record of 4:32.48 she set at Notre Dame and the 800m mark of 2:07.53 she set in Fayetteville last month.
Elsewhere at the weekend, sprinters Anaso Jobodwana and Carina Horn charged to new personal bests, while rising long jump star Roelf Pienaar proved he was no one-hit wonder.
Jobodwana chopped 0.02 seconds off his 60m career record at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational collegiate meeting in New Mexico on Friday, taking second place in 6.60.
It was only his third race on the comeback trail, as the 22-year-old Olympic and World Championships 200m finalist continued to build on his form after a lengthy layoff following hernia surgery last year.
Jobodwana had initially planned to focus on training after a brief indoor campaign which came to an end last week, but he opted to turn out at one more event in New Mexico.
He confirmed, however, he would now step off the racing track until the outdoor season.
“I really think that’s it (for my indoor season),” he said.
“I’m going to rest up and work on the main races.”
Jobodwana revealed he would compete in three outdoor meetings in the United States before making a rare appearance on home soil at the SA Senior Championships in Stellenbosch in April.
Pienaar, meanwhile, equalled his personal best of 7.97m to win the men’s long jump event in New Mexico.
The 21-year-old athlete again missed Khotso Mokoena’s six-year-old SA indoor record by 11 centimetres.
Elsewhere, Horn continued to churn out consistent performances by finishing second at the Istaf indoor meeting in Berlin on Saturday.
After qualifying automatically in the heats, clocking 7.24 seconds, she went on to better her career record by 0.01 as she crossed the line in 7.20 for second position in the final, with versatile Dutch athlete Dafne Schippers securing victory in a meeting record 7.09.
The South African speedster was just 0.05 outside the 16-year-old national record held by Wendy Hartman.
Having set a target of breaking Hartman’s mark this season, Horn said she was pleased with her time but admitted she was not celebrating just yet.
“I’m happy but I’m still not satisfied,” she said.
Horn confirmed she would compete next at an indoor meeting in Poland on Tuesday.