The next generation!! So proud of the walkers!! Well done on the record Anel!!! What an achievement!!!
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SA’s Oosthuizen breaks SA record and looks all set for Rio Olympics
- Updated: April 9, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
South Africa’s Anel Oosthuizen walked her way to a provisional spot in the Team South Africa squad for the Rio Games later this year on Saturday.
Oosthuizen, who has been based in Slovakia for the last few weeks, took part in a 20-kilometre race in Podebrady, Czech Republic.
She walked her way to a new South African record of 1hr 34min 49sec. More importantly, she smashed the Olympic Games qualifying mark of 1:36 by more than a minute.
Her new time put her 17th overall in a race won by Mexico’s Alexandra Ortega (1:29.35).
The former SA mark was held by Susan Vermeulen, 1:36:18.
‘To be honest, all honour to Him,’ were Oosthuizen’s first words to Road to Rio 2016. ‘I just don’t have words right now. It’s one of those ‘wow’ moments and I can just look upwards and say thank-you.’
Coach Carl Meyer was also a happy man. ’10 years ago I saw this young girl race walk for the first time and also winning on that day. I then predicted this young race walker was going to become one of South Africa’s greatest female race walkers.’
Prophetic words indeed… and more on Oosthuizen, the fourth South African race-walker to post a Rio qualifying time recently, on Sunday on this site.
She turns 21 later this month but before that is the defence of her SA 20km title in Stellenbosch at the national championships.