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SA record for Coertzen
- Updated: May 27, 2009
South African decathlon record holder Willem Coertzen has been invited to the prestigeous Hypo Multi-event meeting in Gotzis, Austria on 30 and 31 May.
This after he bettered his South African decathlon record to 7,907 points in Desenzano del Garda, Italy a week ago.
‘I am really thrilled to get this opportunity because I hope to achieve the IAAF A qualifying standard of 8,000 points for the World Championships in Berlin in August,’ said 26-year-old Coertzen this week.
‘Things did not go well in the shot put and 100 metres in Italy but if I can control my nerves, I am quite confident to do much better at the end of the month.’
The Gotzis meeting, being staged for the 35th time this year, is considered as the top annual decathlon and heptathlon meeting outside of the Olympic Games and the World Championships.
Coertzen, who is based in London, missed the Yellow Pages SA track and field championships in March because he had a groin operation in November and could only start with serious training in February.┬á┬áHe had established his first SA record of 7,721 points in Mauritius in April 2008.
A breakdown of Coertzen’s individual performances in his latest SA record performance in Italy:
Day One: ┬á100m (11.11 sec),┬á Long Jump 7.23m,┬á Shot 12.47m,┬á High Jump 2.01m;┬á 400m 48.84 sec
Day Two:┬á 110m Hurdles 14.61 sec;┬á Discus 41.74m;┬á Pole Vault 4.45m;┬á Javelin 64.90m;┬á 1500m 4 min 32.16 sec