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Fourth spot finishes for SA sprint duo in Germany
- Updated: February 4, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Last year she gave the national 60-metre sprint record a bloodied nose with a 7.21sec performance in Dusseldorf, but on her return to Germany on Wednesday it was Carina Horn who had the bloodied nose… and this time it was quite literally!
Horn, along with fellow speed merchant, Henricho Bruintjies, were in action at the PSD Bank indoor meeting, the duo getting their 2016 international campaign up and running.
After arriving in Germany from her Austrian base the day before the meeting, Horn said her nose had started bleeding continuously… and it continued during the heats.
She ended up fourth in the 60m dash with a time of 7.27 seconds behind Polish youngster Ewa Swoboda (7.16).
‘I ended up losing a lot of focus because of the bleeding,’ said Horn. ‘The doctors all tried to help me after the heat but it didn’t come right for the final. So fourth in 7.27 was OK under the circumstances. But hopefully when I run again in Germany on Saturday the circumstances will be better and I’ll hoping to take that opportunity.’
As for Bruintjies, it was his first outing on the European indoor circuit and after two false starts he also ended fourth in the 60m final. His time was 6.65 as 39-year-old veteran Kim Collins won, the St Kitts and Nevis ace clocking 6.53.
The Western Cape athlete said on social media site Facebook after his debut: ‘4th place isn’t too bad for a start…very happy with my first indoor meet. 6.65 a indoor personal best and another qualification for world indoors…’
Picture of Horn in training action courtesy of Reg Caldecott