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Bernard’s new marks

Back in Switzerland after a short holiday our Olympic track cycling hopeful, Bernard Esterhuizen is setting new benchmarks as the London Games get ever closer, writes Mark Etheridge.

The 19-year-old KwaZulu-Natalian had a solid World Championships in Melbourne, Australia and South Africa have already qualified a track cycling slot for the Games.

Since getting back to the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Esterhuizen has surprised even himself with his new conditioning.

“The training since I’ve got back has been really tough but the times have been consistently fast in the seated one kilo and flying 500-metre. I did a max test for most of my gym exercises and I was a lot stronger than previously.”

In the space of days he has sent new marks both on the track and in the gym.

On the track he set a personal best of 10.38sec for the flying 200m, and this on training wheels. In the gym he pushed 200kg in the squat and at a 90 degree angle which was 20kg more than his previous best.

“I’ve felt that I had improved quite a lot since the World Cup rounds and I am feeling good about it. The track session where I did 10.38 was fast but my coach wasn’t expecting fast times since I had not done proper sprint session in three weeks and the training for the past week and a half had been really hard on the legs, so I was supposed to be tired but I was still feeling strong.

“And on that new personal best for 200m with training wheels, I’m very glad to see that I’ve improved.”