Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SIMBINE SMASHES PERSONAL BEST
Sprinter Akani Simbine warmed up for his assault on the SA 100m record, racing to a personal best in the men’s 200m final at the Athletics Gauteng North Championships in Pretoria on Friday night.
Simbine, who is backed by the High Performance Centre, clocked 20.27 seconds in the half-lap event, improving his career record by 0.10 to qualify for the World Championships in Beijing in August.
He was set to compete in the men’s 100m event on Saturday.
In-form 400m hurdler LJ van Zyl, dropping down in distance, also smashed his career record by 0.31 to finish second in 20.71.
Meanwhile, Gift Leatlelo of the TuksSport High School broke the national youth record.
Leatlelo crossed the line in 20.63 to chop 0.16 off Leigh Julius’ 13-year-old national Under-17 mark.
His training partner, Clarence Munyai, was second in 20.77, also dipping under the previous record.
“It is the best day of my life,” Leatlelo said after the race.
Wenda Nel also proved she was in impressive early form, clocking 55.20 in the women’s 400m hurdles to book her place in the team for the global championships.
“It was my first hurdles race of the season so I did not start out that fast,” Nel said.
“I was testing the waters, getting a feel for the hurdles.
“The fact that I still felt strong towards the end of the race was good because it showed that I am definitely capable of running faster times.”