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SA sprint duo end first and second in Europe
- Updated: June 19, 2015
South Africa’s latest sprint sensation, Henricho Bruintjies had another solid showing in Europe on Thursday night, writes Mark Etheridge.
The Western Cape youngster, SA’s fastest sprinter at sea level with a 10.06, took second spot in the 100-metre dash at a national meeting in Herouville St. Clair in France.
He clocked 10.16 seconds to end 0.02sec behind Britain’s European champion James Dasaolu.
And there was more success from another Western Cape racer as Antonio Alkana won the 110m hurdles in 13.50, for a comfortable winning margin of 0.15sec from France’s Simon Krauss. That time equalled his season’s best that he ran at altitude in Germiston earlier this year.
Good to see was the fact that Bruintjies, despite running another 2015 IAAF World Championship qualifying time, was not happy with his night’s work. ‘I ran OK… but so far my worst 100m race in Europe because I didn’t execute well and my legs were tired from the previous days travelling.
‘But I’m happy to have got another world championship qualifying time. I was edged for the victory by the European champion so it wasn’t too bad an experience.
‘I’m just a bit disappointed I won’t get an opportunity to compete in the 100m event at World Student Games and I’m not really sure why.
‘So I’m just focusing on the rest of my European trip and planning on just doing my best in my pursuit to become a world class sprinter… I still have a long way to go but like my favourite song goes: “The sky is the limit”.
As for Alkona, who trains with Marcel Otto in Bellville but hails from Blue Downs, his race reflections were: ‘Race was OK, I felt good in the heats and won both them and the final. The heat was 13.57 and final 13.50 and I’m still chasing the World Champs qualifying time… 0.03sec off it now!’
‘It was a small stadium but the meeting was really well organised.’
Next up for the duo is a meeting in Turku, Finland next week.