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Du Toit’s discus delight
- Updated: April 5, 2011
By Mark Etheridge
Competing in far away Texas at the weekend, our Simon├® du Toit heaved her way into very real contention for a spot in next year’s Team SA for the 2012 Olympics in London.
The Kempton Park, Johannesburg teenager hurled the discus a personal best 58.81 metres in the collegiate meeting in Arlington.
Putting her performance into perspective it makes her the second best discus thrower in SA athletics history with only Commonwealth champion Elizna Naude having thrown further. Naude’s mark stands at 64.87m.
Naude is by far our best discus thrower ever and Nanette van Der Walt’s 58.80m that she threw in Port Elizabeth back in 1986 is the only other athlete, apart from Du Toit now, to have bettered the 58m mark. Before her weekend exploits, Du Toit’s best was a 57.35m.
Speaking about her throw, Du Toit told Road to London 2012: “It was a really long wait for the competition. I had about a four hour wait at the track but luckily the wind wasn’t crazy like usual, just toally nice and the competition was long.”
Du Toit also revealed that she threw even further than her 58.81. “My best throw was my last throw (over 60m) but I fouled that one.”
She’ll be competing again this weekend and thinks things could get even better. “I really think that this coming week at the Texas Relays conditions will be better for big throwing so I already started preparing yesterday to throw far this Friday!”
But Du Toit is by no means a one-dimensional athlete. She’s currently also our best shot put athlete with a best of 17.49m and last week won in this event at the North Texas meeting with a 16.61 throw that earned her the athlete of the meeting award. Her shot put best puts her third on the all-time list of South African shot-putters.
The Southern Methodist University student’s achievements will be music to the ears of South African athletics fans as well as SASCOC president Gideon Sam, continuously searching for medal hopefuls in London next year.