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Bruintjies blasts to new SA 100m sprint record
- Updated: July 5, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
South African athletics is on fire with a second national track record in less than 24 hours on Sunday as Henricho Bruintjies blasted his way to a new 100-metre record in Switzerland.
The Klapmuts, Western Cape athlete was competing at the Resisprint International event in La Chaux-de-Fonds and clocked 9.97sec to shave 0.09sec off his previous best as he won his heat from Cayman Islands runner Kemar Hyman and with the wind of 0.8m per second being comfortably within the 2m/sec legal wind limit.
That time beats former recordholder Simon Magakwe’s 9.98 which was run in Pretoria at last year’s national championships. Magakwe is currently serving a two-year suspension after missing a doping test.
Fellow sprinter Akani Simbine became the second SA sprinter after Magakwe to dip under the magical 10-sec barrier when he ran 9.99 in Slovenia last week.
Bruintjies’s record follows Wayde van Niekerk’s national 400m mark of 43.96 in Saturday’s Diamond League meeting in Paris, France.
As was the case for Magakwe’s 9.98, the Swiss venue was also not at sea level, with La Chaux-de-Fonds being situated at an altitude of 1000m. But right now that won’t worry Bruintjies.
‘O.m.g just ran 9.97 national record! I do this for my mamma [Clara]. This 9.97 is dedicated to her and all people who supported me along the road,’ was his initial reaction.
The wind picked up for the final later in the day as Bruintjies won in a time of 10.28 in what probably amounted to a warmdown after his earlier heroics.