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Wind issues hold Horn back but Conley captures another win
- Updated: June 6, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
The Birmingham elements weren’t in joint SA sprint recordholder Carina Horn’s favour as the Diamond League moved to England on Sunday.
Horn was one of just two South Africans in action, Sunette Viljoen in the javelin being the other.
Neither managed to shine though, with the wind doing an about turn in the women’s 100-metre sprints!
In Horn’s first heat, won by world 200m champion Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, the field ran into a headwind of 3.1 metres per second. Horn was fourth in 11.57, racing out of lane three.
The next heat, less than 10 minutes later, had the field being chased by a tailwind of 0.8m/sec and fourth placed Dina Asher-Smith clocked a season’s best 11.08.
With the first three in each heat going through, followed by the two fastest losers in the heats, Horn stood no chance.
It didn’t get any better for Viljoen who was in Birmingham on the back of her Diamond League victory in Rome on Friday.
Her best on the day was a 58.54m effort only good for seventh spot as Latvia’s Madara Palameika won with a season’s best 65.41m. She headed back to South Africa on Sunday to continue with her build-up to this year’s Olympic Games in Rio.
In Slovakia there was some sprint success for SA champions Alyssa Conley and Henricho Bruintjies.
Competing at the Pravda-Televizia Slovnaft event, Conley won the 100m in 11.36 from American Alex Anderson (11.41). ‘I managed to get the victory in slovakia. It was a tough line-up but I pulled through… the time wasn’t great though,’ she told Road to Rio 2016 on Monday.
In the men’s A race Bruintjies was beaten by Qatar’s Femi Ogunode who clocked 10.01, a meeting record. Bruintjies was timed at 10.26sec.
In the men’s 1500m there were two South Africans in action. Multiple SA champion Johan Cronje ran a 3:39.14 for second behind Kenya’s Collins Cheboi (3:36.98) while Dumisani Hlaselo was fourth in 3:40.00. Cronje can’t be too disappointed with his time after visa problems saw him only leaving SA on Friday and getting to the meeting venue just six hours before his race.
‘My next race is tomorrow in Montreuil – hope it goes better. Then the ast one in Nancy next week and home for African Champs,’ Cronje told Road to Rio 2016.
‘I ran with an athlete’s hernia the whole of last season… finally had it fixed it in September, that’s why I took so long to get going this season etc.
‘I then started to feel the same pain on my right side and the doctor has confirmed another hernia on the opposite side of the operated/fixed one – they say it is common for second one to go after the first… in any case so I’m fighting through the pain. Nothing I can do now until after the season.’
Men’s triple jumper Dylan Cotter took bronze with a leap of 16.21 behind Nigeria’s Tosin Oke (16.55) while long jumper Maryke Brits jumped her way to a fourth spot with a leap of 6.29m as Algeria’s Tahani Romaissa Belabiod won with 6.56m.