Lehann Fourie beat all the athletes in the field when he won the men’s 110m hurdles at the Rieder Leichtathletiknacht in Austria on 17 June. The 25 year-old won the race in 13.59sec, equalling his best performance of the season on 11 June in the Czech Republic. Matt Hudson (GBR) was second in 13.99sec with Irish athlete Simon Taggart third in 14.30sec.
Willie de Beer came second in the men’s 200m after being beaten by Elijah Winn from Great Britain. Winn clocked 21.25sec with De Beer crossing the line in 21.44sec. Richard Strachan (GBR) finished third in 21.99sec.
De Beer and Paul Gorries also competed in the men’s 400m where De Beer finished fourth in 46.56sec and Gorries clocked 47.54sec to finish sixth. The winning time was 46.01sec by Irish athlete Brian Gregan.
Three South African women competed in the long jump. South Africa’s Lynique Prinsloo took the lead very early on in the women’s long jump with an opener of 6.36m. Dominiqu Blaize (GBR) answered with a personal best of 6.45m in the second round to which Prinsloo had no answer. This was also the winning jump for Blaize and Prinsloo’s opening jump remained her best. Austria’s Ivona Dadic finished third with 6.30m ahead of Carla Marais. Marais’ jump of 6.28m is also a new personal best for her. Monja Goosen finished sixth with 5.95m
Potgieter win’s at Netherlands National Championships
Charlene Potgieter competed at the Netherlands National Championships in Amsterdam from 16-17 June where she won the women’s triple jump with 13.07m. Maruska Eduarda (NED) came second after jumping a personal best of 12.50m.
Mandie Brandt also competed at the same championships where she finished second in the women’s 800m, clocking 2:06.87 behind Sanne Verstegen (NED). Verstegen won the race in 2:04.61 with Marlies Manders (NED) crossing the line third in 2:07.82
Brandt and Potgieter will both return home before leaving for the CAA Africa Senior Championships taking place in Benin from 27 June – 1 July in Porto Novo, Benin.
Dreyer second in Sweden
A hand full of South African athletes competed at the Norvidden Sundvall Wind sprint meeting in Sweden on 17 June. Hannes Dreyer doubled up in the men’s 100m and 200m, finishing second in the 100m behind Simone Colllio (ITA) a two times Olympic Games participant. Collio won the race in 10.34sec with Dreyer finishing ahead of Sweden’s Stafan Tarnhuvud who clocked 10.52sec. Dreyer crossed the line in 10.43sec. Dreyer won his race in the men’s 200m in 21.35sec ahead of Sweden’s Tom Kling-Baptiste, 21.42sec.
In the men’s 110m hurdles, Ruan de Vries finished. De Vries Clocked 13.90sec. The winning time of the race was set by Fred Townsend (USA) in 13.39sec.
Carina Horn came second in her race in the women’s 100m finishing ahead of Astrid Cederkvist (NOR). Horn crossed the line in 11.99sec with Cederkvist finishing in 12.04sec. The race was won by Moa Hjelmer (SWE) in a personal best time of 11.69sec.
Horn competed with Estie Wittstock in the women’s 200m where Hayley Jones from Great Britain won in 23.22sec followed by Moa Hjelmer (SWE) in 23.32sec. Wittstock and Horn ended fourth and fifth after clocking 23.90sec and 24.34sec respectively. Folake Akinyemi from Norway was third (23.85sec).
Peter van der Westhuizen competed at the Donovan Bailey Invitational in Canada on 16 June where he finished second in the men’s 1500m behind Canadian athlete Nate Brannen (3:36.79). Van der Westhuizen clocked 3:37.29 while Taylor Milne (CAN) finished third in 3:37.52.