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Golden success for Prinsloo and Horn in European competitions
- Updated: May 27, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Long jumper Lynique Prinsloo got her European season off to a winning start in Austria this week.
The talented Johannesburg based athlete has already jumped one Rio Olympics qualifier this year, her 6.78-metre effort at SA Student Championships in Limpopo doing the trick.
Now she and new coach Emmarie Fouche are in Europe on a learning curve as they build towards the African Athletics Championships and then the biggest of them all, Rio in August.
Prinsloo took part in the Golden Roof Challenge in Innsbruck, a challenge with a difference as field athletes take part in a specially made track in the high street. She won with a best leap of 6.37m.
‘It was a lovely meeting,’ Prinsloo told Road to Rio 2016 on Friday. ‘It was in the city street and the track was really quick but we took part for three hours as there were big waits between jumps so it got real cold and difficult to perform properly but I really enjoyed it.
‘The body is feeling good and now I’m taking part in Gavardo, Italy on Sunday and then Emmarie and I are heading back home. The main focus now is on African Championships and we’re going to train hard at home for that.’
Prinsloo also emphasised the importance of this particular trip. ‘We really came to see how the body reacts to competition and travel etc.
‘We were still deep in winter training for two weeks before we came over here so haven’t sharpened up at all for the 10 days that I’ve been here.’
Couch Fouche added her input: ‘The travelling has been quite strenuous. But I wanted to test her in respect of how she recovers after flying.
‘I’m very satisfied with her jumps in those conditions and we’re ready to prepare hard for African Championships.’
At the same meeting, fellow long jumper Ruswahl Samaai was second in 7.95 behind Germany’s Markus Rehm (8.18m).
Also in Europe there were wins for national 100m sprint champion Carina Horn, pictured right with her spoils of victor.
Unlike Prinsloo there wasn’t a huge deal of travel for her as she is based in Austria where she took part in the Liese Prokop Memorial meeting in St Polten.
The Ladysmith born athlete ran a time of 11.18 in both her heat and final. That’s her best of the season and not a whole way off her personal best 11.06, the SA mark she holds jointly with Evette de Klerk.
Now she awaits confirmation of entries to the Rome and Birmingham legs of the Diamond League.