Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
BRITS JOINS LIST OF OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS
Stefan Brits set a personal best of 8.22m in the men’s long jump on Saturday, to place himself in contention for selection to the Rio Olympics.
The Florida State University chemical science student produced the impressive leap with his first attempt at a collegiate meeting in Tallahassee, smashing his three-year-old career record by 17 centimetres.
Brits, a former World Youth Championships silver medallist, became the sixth South African long jumper to achieve the required standard of 8.15m for the Games since the domestic window period opened in May last year.
He climbed to fourth place, joining a list which already included Zarck Visser (8.41m), Ruswahl Samaai (8.34m), Luvo Manyonga (8.30m), Khotso Mokoena (8.16m) and Dylon Cotter (8.16m).
Only three men can be selected to represent the country at the multi-sport showpiece, and all athletes must show form ahead of the Games to be considered for selection.