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Anneri annexes title, Helene helps herself to new record
- Updated: May 26, 2013
The women’s 400-metre hurdles was undeniably the highlight of the SA Open Championships that took place in Tlokwe (Potchefstroom) on Saturday, producing both a titanic struggle and a spanking new SA youth record.
As expected Anneri Ebersohn and Wenda Nel fought it out for gold but just behind them was a brand new SA youth record by Helene Swanepoel.
The talented 17-year-old Swanepoel finished third in 58.48sec, setting a new SA Youth record in the process.┬áThe previous record of 58.77sec was set up by Chantelle Terblanche in Germiston 11 years ago on 23 March 2002.
With this, Swanepoel extends her lead as the top ranked female youth athlete in the world, shaving off a chunk from her previous lifetime best of 59.57sec.┬áThe Jamaican athlete Andrette Knight is closest to her time with 59.67sec ran in March in Kingston, Jamaica.
SA Senior and SA Student champion Anneri Ebersohn again had the upper hand over long time favourite Wenda Nel as she won the race in 55.87sec, smashing her own personal best of 56.04sec in the process.
Nel has dominated the women’s 400m hurdles for a long time, but this year lost her title against Ebersohn at the SA Senior Championships after a three year domination.┬áNel came to the championships with the goal of dipping under 56sec, but managed to cross the line in 56.77sec.┬á Ebersohn’s time is a World Championships B-qualifying time, just short of the 55.40sec A-standard.
Gideon Trotter won the men’s 200m in a new personal best time of 20.71sec when he beat Roscoe Engel and Sipholelo Nqabaza.┬á Engel and Nqabaza crossed the line in 20.82sec and 20.97sec respectively, a season’s best for Engel.┬á With this, Trotter also surpasses Simon Magakwe’s 20.74sec fastest time in South Africa this season.
Rodwell Ndlovu also achieved a new personal best in the men’s 400m, improving his previous best (46.56sec) set in Durban on 27 April at the University Championships.┬áNdlovu clocked 46.28sec ahead of Thapelo Ketlogetswe (BOT) who finished in 46.48sec.┬áRanti Dikgale was third in 46.67sec.┬áOlympic 4x400m relay athlete Shaun de Jager clocked 46.97sec for a fifth place finish.
The women’s 400m saw Tygerberg athlete Sonja van der Merwe run a personal best to win ahead of the two cousin sisters Rorisang and Goitseona Ramonnye.┬áVan der Merwe crossed the line in 53.28sec while Rorisang and Goitseona clocked 54.27sec and 55.55sec respectively.
Julia du Plessis again competed against SA champion Bianca Erwee in the women’s high jump, but this time the 16 year-old from Monnas claimed victory with 1.80m.┬áErwee finished second with the same height while Berne Kruger’s 1.65m placed her in third.