Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
ANOTHER PB FOR RACE WALKER OOSTHUIZEN
Continuing her steady improvement in the early stages of her senior career, race walker Anel Oosthuizen took another step forward on Friday by smashing her 10km personal best.
The 20-year-old athlete was the second woman across the line at a road race in Olomouc, Czech Republic, covering the distance in 46:34.
She shattered her previous career record of 48:59, set in Taicang, China nearly two years ago.
It was her second personal best in the space of a week, after she had clocked 1:37:49 over 20km in Dudince, Slovakia six days earlier.
Oosthuizen, who hopes to achieve the required 20km qualifying time of 1:36:00 this season for the Rio Olympics, produced the fastest 10km time by a South African woman in 12 years.
She climbed to third place on the national all-time list behind Susan Vermeulen (45:05) and Nicolene Cronje (46:03).
Maria Czakova of Slovakia won the race in Olomouc, which was reportedly held in freezing conditions, securing victory in 44:56.