Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
HAMMAN QUALIFIES FOR OLYMPICS
Le Roux Hamman shattered his personal best in Pretoria on Saturday, becoming the third SA athlete to qualify for the men’s 400m hurdles event at the Rio Olympics.
The 24-year-old athlete clocked 49.24 seconds at a meeting in Pretoria, which was held to officially open the new Mondo track at the BestMed Tuks Athletics Stadium.
Hamman chopped 0.75 off his career record set in Joburg in March, and followed compatriots LJ van Zyl and Lindsay Hanekom under the 49.40 qualifying mark for the Games in August.
Commonwealth champion Cornel Fredericks, whose 2015 campaign was derailed by Achilles and hamstring injuries, set a season’s best of 49.75 at the national championships in Stellenbosch in August, but he has not yet dipped under the required standard to be considered for Olympic selection.
The qualifying window closes on July 11.
Meanwhile, national record holder Carina Horn scorched to a convincing victory in the women’s 100m sprint in Pretoria, while resurgent long jumper Luvo Manyonga comfortably dominated an expected tussle against African champion Zarck Visser.
Running into a -0.8m/s headwind, Horn stormed to an easy victory, well clear of her nearest challenger as she crossed the line in 11.18.
She equalled her season’s best set in St Polten, Austria two weeks earlier.
On the infield, Manyonga produced a best leap of 8.05m to win the men’s long jump.
Visser, competing for the first time this year after battling with injury, settled for second place with a best attempt of 7.50m.
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