Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
PRINSLOO BOOKS PLACE IN OLYMPIC SQUAD
Long jumper Lynique Prinsloo produced her best leap in three years to qualify for the Rio Olympics on Saturday, spearheading some impressive performances on the second and final day of the SA Student Championships in Limpopo.
The 25-year-old UJ athlete landed a 6.78m effort with her final attempt (+0.4m/s legal wind), going eight centimetres (8cm) further than the required mark for Olympic selection and no doubt breathing a sigh of relief after missing out by just 1cm in Germiston in February.
She was 3cm short of her 6.81m personal best set in Stellenbosch in April 2013, and 15cm shy of Karen Mey’s 6.93m national record, which has stood for nearly nine years.
Versatile Kovsies star Maryke Brits bagged the silver medal with a personal best of 6.56m.
Meanwhile, former two-lap world champion Caster Semenya repeated the treble victory which she achieved at the SA Senior Championships two weeks earlier, with the Pukke athlete coasting to the women’s 800m title after she had lifted the 400m and 1 500m crowns on Friday.
Semenya won the final over her specialist distance in 2:03.59.
Stephen Mokoka also achieved a repeat of his double triumph in Stellenbosch earlier this month, winning the men’s 5 000m final in 14:15.46.
The TUT distance runner, a former world student champion, had secured the 10 000m title on the opening day of competition.
Global 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk (Kovsies) charged to victory in the men’s 200m final in 20.35, after earning the 100m title the day before, as he continued his promising build-up to the international season.
After clocking a personal best of 49.77 seconds in the heats earlier in the day, Lindsay Hanekom (Tuks) won the men’s 400m hurdles gold medal in 49.47, missing out on the Olympic qualifying standard by 0.07.
Results of finals are available in our Results section