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Third spot for Coertzen

Our decathlon star and 2009 world championships competitor, Willem Coerten took third spot in the recent TNT-Fortuna Combined events meeting in the Czech Republic earlier this month.

And the versatile London based athlete accumulated a total of 8094 points for the gruelling two-day, 10-event competition. That’s 80 points up on the 8014 he set at the Yellow Pages South African Championships earlier this year, writes Mark Etheridge.

Winner of the Czech event was Cuba’s Leonel Suarez with 8231 points with Belgium’s Hans van Alphen second on 8120 points.

En route to his third spot Coertzen set four personal bests as he goes in search of the 8200 A-qualifying standard for World Championship in Daegu, South Korea later this year.

Said Coertzen, just back in London after a recent trip back to South Africa: “The competition in Prague went okayish. The wind was quite strong for our running events, -2.7m per second so I lost about 140 points on just the 100m and hurdles and long jump, so 8200 was in sight but overall a good solid performance again. I’m just looking for good conditions and I reckon 8200+ is there, so hopefully I will be in the squad for worlds and I can get a good score there

His PB’s came in the shot put (14.08m), discus (42.73m), javelin (66.38m) and 1500m (4:26.07). “It was my first time over 14m in the shot so I was very happy with that,” Coertzen told Road to London 2012.

“I was planning on going to a competition in Germany in three weeks time but am struggling to get a visa spot but we’ll just have to see,” said Coertzen.


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