OOSTHUIZEN BREAKS SA 20KM RECORD

 
Updated: April 9, 2016

Anel Oosthuizen produced a breakthrough performance on Saturday, shattering the 17-year-old South African record in the women’s 20km walk at a European Permit race in Podebrady, Czech Republic.
Oosthuizen finished 17th, crossing the line in 1:34:49.
Though she was more than five minutes behind Alejandra Ortega of Mexico, who won the race in 1:29:35, Oosthuizen made history by breaking Susan Vermeulen’s 17-year-old national mark of 1:36:18.
The 20-year-old athlete improved her previous personal best of 1:37:49, set in Dudince last month, and dipped under the Olympic qualifying standard of 1:36:00.
Oosthuizen became the fourth SA race walker to qualify for the Rio Games, with Lebogang Shange, Wayne Snyman (both 20km) and Marc Mundell (50km) having already achieved the required standards in their events.