Updated: February 4, 2016

Carina Horn overcame a blood nose to finish fourth in Dusseldorf

Two of South Africa’s fastest athletes got the nation’s international track and field season underway with solid performances at the PSD Bank indoor meeting in Dusseldorf, Germany on Wednesday evening.
Joint national 100m record holder Henricho Bruintjies, turning out on the European indoor circuit for the first time in his career, remained composed after two other athletes false started in the men’s 60m final.
He shook off the delays to take fourth place in 6.65 seconds.
The race was won by 39-year-old Saint Kitts and Nevis star Kim Collins in 6.53.
Carina Horn, also a joint national record holder in the 100m event, grabbed fourth spot in the women’s 60m final in 7.27.
Polish teenager Ewa Swoboda charged to victory in 7.16.
Horn had hoped to go quicker, but she was hampered by a persistent blood nose after arriving in Germany the day before the race.
Doctors at the stadium tried to stop the bleeding, but they were unable to help, and she believed the problem had affected her performance.
“It’s ok for the moment. I’m not very happy but I’m hoping for my next race the circumstances will be better,” said the Tuks-HPC athlete.
“I know the (faster) times are there, so I’ll just wait for my opportunity.”