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Personal best for Olympian Tiffany at World Cup
- Updated: May 15, 2013
By Mark Etheridge
London Olympian Tiffany Kruger has successfully got the first leg of the ICF Sprint World Cup series in Europe behind her and ready to race in Racice again this weekend.
Twenty-five-year-old KwaZulu-Natal based Kruger was in action in both the K1 500-metre and 200m events in Szeged, Hungary.
She made the semi-finals in both her events, an encouraging start to the three-race series.
In the 500m heats she took third in 2min 02.632 and then went on to take eighth in the semi-final in 2:16.771. On the final day of competition she placed sixth in her 200m heat (47.710) and eighth in semi-final III (44.213).
Speaking to Road to Rio 2016 after Hungary, Kruger said she’s on track. “World Cup I went well considering the head-wind conditionsÔÇª making the semi-finals for both the 500m and the 200m and I also got a PB (personal best) in the 200m so all is on track.
“I’m now looking forward to racing the second World Cup this weekend in the Czech Republic.
“I’m feeling more confident in myself and the racing experience is awesome. I just need to get stronger.”
Also in action in the same events as Kruger was team-mate Estie van Tonder. She took eighth in her 500m heat (2:01697) and seventh in her semi-final (2:08.737). Then, in the 200m, she also made a semi-final (II) where she took eighth spot in 44.025.
Olympic bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley was originally supposed to be part of the SA contingent in Europe but a bout of chicken pox has meant that she’ll only race the final leg of the series in Poznan, Poland at the end of the month.