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Patience has a plan
- Updated: December 2, 2011
By Mark Etheridge
Saturday, 12 November started off as just another normal day in the life of Patience Ntshingila.
But it certainly ended up being a day full of surprises for the 22-year-old Potchefstroom triple-jumper. At the end of the day she had soared to a national record of 13.50 metres, a mark that had stood for 19 long years.
The old mark of 13.46 belonged to Charmain Barnard who jumped that distance in Bloemfontein.
“To be honest, I just did not expect it that day,” Ntshingila told Road to London 2012 when tracked down this week. “I woke up and took it as an ordinary day. It was rainy and cloudy and I just told myself ‘lets see what today brings’.
“I was feeling good and realized but didn’t expect great results, was just expecting to do my best. But after I jumped that 13.50 with my first jump I was amazed.
“I knew deep inside that I could do it though, and even better so for the coming years I’m expecting even better results.”
Ntshingila is coached by veteran Gauteng coach Owen van Niekerk. “She jumped that early in the morning at about 8.30am, which is very difficult because the body is not yet ready to handle the jarring of the jumping event. It was also rainy and cold which makes this performance even more remarkable. In the same competition she also jumped 13.46 to equal the old record.┬á Then she stopped because of the wet weather. On that same morning about an hour later she also jumped 6.29m in the long jump.
“She lumps 14 metres in training and has also gone over 6.70m in the long jump in training. Although qualification standards are very hight she wants to qualify for the Olympics in both triple and long jump.┬á In the long jump the world standards are very high, but in the last eight World Championships the eighth place in the finals was between 6.40 to 6.50m and she is capable of doing these distances.”
A third year Sports management student at North West University, Ntshingila is certainly gunning for the Olympics. “That’s my aimÔÇª to reach the finals and jumping 14-15m in the triple jump and 6.90 to 7m in the long jump, its every athletes dream to make it to the Olympics and I’m sure I’m on the right track to getting there.”