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Grobler gets over 80m
- Updated: June 28, 2009
Javelin thrower Gerbrandt Grobler Sunday became only the second South African to throw over the 80-metre mark this year when he returned an 80.01m effort.
The 26-year-old, now resident in Finland, finished fifth in a Festival for javelin throwers in the town of Pihtipudas. The throw was only 31cm short of Grobler’s personal best set at Potchefstroom in 2003.
The competition was won by current world champion, Tiro Pitkamaki, who achieved a distance of 86.47m.
Bolands’ Robert Oosthuizen, national champion, is the only other South African with an 80m mark to his credit this year. He achieved 81.18m in Ostrava, Czech Republic earlier this month when he qualified for August’s World Track and Field championships in Berlin.