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Anika on the up again

Commonwealth Games high jump champion in Melbourne, Australia five years ago, Anika Smit’s comeback is slowly but surely gathering momentum, writes Mark Etheridge.

This after a hiatus away from the sport, during which she gave birth to her first daughter.

Smit, who was also a silver medallist in the 2007 All-Africa Games in Algeria, jumped 1.76 metres to win the high jump at the year’s opening Yellow Pages Series meeting in Potchefstroom last month.

This week, at a league meeting, also in Potchefstroom, the Carletonville based athlete cleared an unexpected 1.84m, her best height in almost two years. “It was completely unexpected,” she said on Friday. What’s more, she also went extremely close with her three efforts at 1.87m.

“Especially because training hasn’t been that great, I’ve been battling a bit financially, and I was up until the early hours of the morning looking after my daughter on the day of the competition.

Smit, 24, has a best of 1.93 that she jumped in Potchefstroom in 2007, the same year as All Africa Games. “I’m jumping again next weekend at interprovincials. In terms of the rest of the year I would really like to get up to 1.90 again by the end of the year.”

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