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Charlene’s SA record

Charlene Potgieter’s national record in the triple jump was the highlight of the opening Yellow Pages interprovincial track and field meeting in Germiston at the weekend.

Potgieter leapt 13.61 metres and there was also a world junior championships qualifier and world indoor championships qualifier.

Potgieter broke the SA record with a leap of 13.61m with her opening jump and after a foul in the second round, promptly repeated the performance in the third round. Both were legal jumps with the wind measuring 1.2metres per second on the first jump and 1.0m/sec on the second attempt.

The 26-year-old Gauteng North athlete missed the SA record at the SA Championships in Durban last year by a mere two centimetres, but on Saturday was able to break Charmain Barnard’s 20-year-old record (13.46m in Bloemfontein in 1992). ÔÇ£I have gone further in my practice sessions, but it is more difficult finding rhythm in competitions,ÔÇØ said the new record holder after the competition.

Patience Ntshingila (CNW) finished second with Matsi Dikotla (GN) in third; their distances being 13.34m and 13.27m respectively.

Africa junior champion Kayla Gilbert (CGA) caused an upset in the women’s 100m hurdles as she won in a World Junior Championship qualifying time of 13.81sec ahead of Gauteng North’s Erika Kleinhans (14.14sec) and SA champion Claudia Viljoen. The SA champion hit a hurdle midway through the race, limped to the finish line and then needed to be assisted off the track.

Wenda Theron continued her unbeaten streak in the 400m hurdles after she crossed the line in 57.78sec. Theron finished ahead of Anneri Ebersohn and Jean-Mare Senekal, who crossed the line in 59.39sec and 60.18sec respectively.

Overall winner in the women’s 400m was Tsholofelo Thipe who was last seen on the track in 2009. The former SA champion made a welcome return to the track, winning her heat in 52.75sec. With 18 athletes entered in the 400m, three heats were held. Thipe won the first ahead of Rorisang Rammonye (53.01sec), Janet Lawless (BOL) the second in 55.85sec and Theron the third in 54.18sec.

It was a classic gun to tape victory for Mapaseka Makhanya in the women’s 800m. Makhanya crossed the line in 2:05.35, worth 1061 points for Central Gauteng’s team. Anuschka Nice stayed on Makhanya’s shoulder from the gun and tried to pass in the home straight, but Makhanya hung on for the victory. Both Nice and Mandie Brandt competed for USSA; their times 2:05.57 and 2:06.70 respectively.

Another surprise victory was in the women’s 1500m where Maxine Heine-Wacker (CG) defeated Lebogang Phalula (CG).┬á Heine-Wacker crossed in 4:24.77.┬á Phalula finished second in 4:25.18 followed by Nolene Conrad in 4:33.01.

Phalula had taken the lead early on in the race in her typical front running fashion. Phalula had a lead of around 20m when she took the bell, but Heine-Wacker gradually reeled her in and passed her in the home-straight with 30m to go.

Zarck Visser (CG) produced a massive personal best in the men’s long jump, edging closer to the 8m mark.┬áIn the absence of Luvo Manyonga, Visser led from the opening round with a jump of 7.66m.┬áVisser sealed his victory with a massive leap of 7.96m on his second attempt to improve on his previous best of 7.85m (Stellenbosch, 29 April 2011) by 11cm. ┬áBoland athlete Roelf Pienaar finished second with his best at 7.61m followed by Keenan Watson’s 7.60m.

Victory in the 100m women’s race did not go to one of the favourites and in a very close race Cherese Jones (GN) finished ahead of teammate Carina Horn. It required a photo-finish to split Horn and Jones. The win was given to Jones in 11.79sec.┬á Horn’s time was 11.81sec while Melissa Hewitt (CNW) finished third in 11.85sec.

The same applied in the men’s 100m where Kagiso Kumbane (FS) won in 10.27sec.┬áGideon Trotter (also FS) finished second with a new personal best time of 10.29sec, his previous best of 10.36sec having been run in Germiston a year ago.┬á Roscoe Engel, Thuso Mpuang Sergio Mullins and Waide Jooste followed in 10.34sec, 10.35sec, and 10.45sec for both Mullins and Jooste respectively

The German world record holder in the women’s hammer, Betty Heidler produced a 72.29m throw with her second attempt to win the women’s hammer throw.┬á Her compatriot Mareike Nannen finished second with an attempt of 60.48m.


Just for the record.....Charmain Barnard's record stood for almoust 20 years....not 10 as you have published!