2024 Jul 06



ASA Media

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ASA Media
2024 Jul 06

Spearheading a large South African contingent at the FBK Games on Sunday night, Marione Fourie obliterated her own national record in the women's 100m hurdles event at the popular annual meeting in Hengelo, Netherlands.

Fourie, a two-time African Championships medallist, finished third in the sprint hurdles final in 12.49 seconds, taking 0.06 off the SA record (12.55) she set in Switzerland in May last year. Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico won the race in 12.39 and Dutch athlete Nadine Visser was second across the line in 12.46.

Middle-distance runners Prudence Sekgodiso and Tshepo Tshite also reached the podium in their events.
Sekgodiso grabbed the runner-up spot in the women's 800m race in 1:58.75, with Olympic silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson of Great Britain taking the win in 1:57.36.
Tshite finished third in the men's 1 000m race, completing the two-and-a-half lap contest in a personal best 2:15.96. He was just 0.10 outside the SA record (2:15.86) set by the late Mbulaeni Mulaudzi in Stockholm in August 2007.
Dutch teenager Niels Laros won the race in 2:14.37, breaking the world U20 record to the delight of the home crowd.

In other events, Zakithi Nene finished fourth in the men's 400m sprint in 45.55; Benjamin Richardson was fifth in the men's 100m dash in 10.21; Viwe Jingqi took fifth place in the women's 100m race in 11.45; and Jerry Motsau ended 11th in the men's 5 000m race in 14:07.23.

"We watched with a large grin as Marione join those leading our athletes with inspiration in their disciplines. We are now seeing several of our athletes reaching the podium and a growing number of them also finishing in the top five.

"We continue to say thank you to all these good performances as we draw closer to the Olympics. Congratulations to Marione, her coach and support staff for breaking the national record," said a happy James Moloi, the President of Athletics South Africa. 

* All SA records are subject to standard ratification processes

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