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Charlene Potgieter broke the SA record in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 13.61m. Potgieter opened with the new SA record and after a foul in the second round, promptly repeated the performance in the third round. Both were legal jumps with the wind measuring 1.2m/sec on the first jump and 1.0m/sec on the second attempt.
The 26-year-old Gauteng North athlete missed the SA record at the SA Championships in Durban (April 2011) by a mere 2cm, but on Saturday in Germiston she was able to break Charmain Barnard’s 10-year-old record (13.46m).
“I have gone further in my practice sessions, but it is more difficult finding rhythm in competitions,” said the new record holder after the competition.
Patience Ntshingila finished second with Matsi Dikotla in third; their distances measured at 13.34m and 13.27m respectively.
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