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Justine on her record

By Mark Etheridge

Teenager Justine Palframan may have broken a 29-year-old national mark in Barcelona this week but right now she’s battling to recall the moment!

Palframan took fifth in the women’s 400-metre final at the IAAF World Junior track and field championships in Spain. Her 51.87sec beat middle distance star Myrtle Bothma’s old mark of 51.89sec.

That was set way back when in Bloemfontein in 1983, just about a decade before Palframan was born.

Speaking of her race, the Eshowe teenager told Road to London 2012: “I don’t remember most of the race ÔÇô the first 300m went so quickly and I remember being right with them in the final straight, and my legs were finished but I just tried my best to keep on going.

“I was nervous but I knew it was a once in a life time opportunity and all I could do was the best I could do. The SA record had been a goal my dad and I had set ourselves at training.”

Sunday sees the final of the women’s 4x400m relay and Palframn will be in action as she, Izelle Neuhoff, Janet Seeliger and Stephanie Wicksell qualified with a second spot (3:40.00) behind Poland in the first heat.

Fastest into the final were the USA quartet with a world-leading 3:34.25 in the heats.

South Africa have two medallists at the Championships going into the final day, both of them bronze to Gerhard de Beer (discus) and Morne Moolman (javelin).


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