South African Athletics

Horn, Alkana set personal bests

2015-06-27 09:48
Carina Horn (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - South African athletes were in superb form at the European Premium Permit meeting in Turku, Finland on Thursday.

South African sprinting ace Carina Horn won the women’s 100m in a personal best time of 11.16 seconds to edge closer to the national record.

The 26-year-old continues her assault on Evette de Klerk’s record of 11.06 seconds she set in Germiston in April 1990, shaving 0.01 seconds off her previous best.

Ivorian Marie-Josée Ta Lou finished behind her with a time of 11.24s while Milja Thureson bagged the bronze in 11.75s.

"I just wanted to go for the win and finished with a personal best, so I am very happy with the race," Horn said.

“The start was okay but towards the end I could hardly lift my legs because it was really cold.

"I am looking forward to running in warmer weather and improve on my times."

South African men’s 110m hurdler Antonio Alkana posted a world qualifying and personal best time of 13.47 seconds for a third-place finish.

The Cuban duo of Yordan O'Farrill and Dayron Robles took a one-two finish times of 13.29s ad 13.32s respectively.

In the men’s 100m Henrico Bruintjies continues his superb run of form when he clocked a wind-assisted time of 10.09 seconds

He was followed by Lesotho’s Mosito Lehata in a time of 10.11s with Roberto Skyers of Cuba taking third place clocking 10.13s.

Bruintjies posted a personal best time of 10.06s a fortnight ago joining a growing list of South African sprinters on the cusp of breaking through the 10-second barrier.

Middle distance runner Jerry Motsau claimed the bronze medal in the men’s 1500m with a season's best time of three minutes, 39.15 seconds (3.39.15).

Motsau finished behind Kenya’s Elijah Manangoi and Hillary Maiyo with times of 3.36.81 and 3.37.75 respectively.

Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena and training partner Zarck Visser claimed first and second place in the men’s long jump with distances of 7.91m and 7.82m respectively with Finland’s Henri Väyrynen taking third with a jump of 7.79m.

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