- World Cup bronze for SA’s Zoonekynd
- Eagle-birdie finish helps Garcia to Challenge victory
- Olympian Ho and Twichell are Cape Mile champions
- Lawrie wins at Fancourt to grab a prestigous double
- Coetzee hangs in for share of the Pro-Am lead
- Garcia getting closer to another Tour title
- Toughest Dusi in years but Birkett and Solms triumph
- Zoonekynd eases into finals at Baku World Cup
- Solid Ahlers leads by two at Fancourt
- Garcia, Park lead as defending champ Pace lurks
Coertzen cooks in Austria
- Updated: May 31, 2009
Willem Coertzen, SA record holder in the decathlon hit a memorable milestone in Gotzis, Austria on Sunday when he became the first South African and only second African to better 8 000 points. He finished 11th overall in the 35th Hypo Decathlon and Heptathlon two-day meeting with a score of 8 054 points.
His fine effort not only bettered the A qualifying mark of 8 000
points for the 2009 World Championships but also surpassed the African and
South African records of 8 023 and 7 907 held respectively by Hamdi Dhouibi
of Tunisia and himself. He also set personal best performances in seven
of the 10 events.
Twenty-six-year-old Coertzen, based in London, has now set SA records in three of his
last four competition, in Mauritius a year ago, Italy two weeks ago and now in the
prestigious Austrian classic.
He has now become the 10th SA athlete this year to book a seat on the plane
to the World Championships in Berlin