Cape Town – Rising hammer thrower, Letitia Janse van Vuuren, has continuedher rapid progress, breaking her own national record in her specialist event atthe Sasol-NWU International Senior Athletics meeting in Sasolburg on Tuesdayevening.
Janse van Vuuren sent the hammer sailing out to 63.82m*, smashing theprevious mark of 61.06m which she had achieved at a League Meeting in Pretorialast month.
“The first time I broke the record I didn’t really expect it, but thistime I felt better prepared and I felt I could do it,” said the20-year-old Pukke athlete, who is coached by Basie Koen at the HTS/VUT HammerThrow Academy.
“I had a good few weeks of training and gym sessions before this, so Ifelt I could do it tonight.”
Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya also came close to improving another SAbest in the women’s 300m sprint.
Semenya defeated Amantle Montsho of Botswana, amultiple IAAF World Championships 400m medallist, and local one-lap hurdlesstar Wenda Nel, by crossing the line in 37.22.
Semenya was 0.20 outside the national record of 37.02 set by Heide Quinn inSydney nearly 17 years ago.
Aleck Skhosana, the President of ASA said: “We are extremely happy that weare spending another week welcoming yet another new national record.
“It would be indeed even nicer if this became a trend where we wake up to anew record everyday by our South African athletes.
“Congratulations to Letitia, her coaches and all those around her progressand we wish her well as she raises her performance to new targets.”
* The SA record is subject to a standard ratification process.