Cape Town - Fresh off her SA record run
in the women's 100m semi-finals at the national championships and winning the title, Carina Horn has
confirmed her appearance in the same event at the Athletix Grand
Prix series final on Thursday, March 22 in Paarl.
Horn blitzed the race in
11.03sec to outrightly own the national record after having shared it with Evette
de Klerk for 3 years. De Klerk ran 11.06sec in 1990 to set the South African
record, a record that was shared since 2015.
"It is a big monkey off my
back," Horn said after the race. "I have tried for years to break the joint
record and now finally it is mine. The next
target is to break the 11 seconds barrier."
Horn has come close to
breaking de Klerk's record on a few occasions. The first time was in Madrid on 11 July 2015 where she equaled the
record. The second time was a year later in Durban at the CAA 20th African
Senior Championships where she finished second behind Murielle Ahouré, clocking 11.07 seconds.
"My coach and I discussed the
record before the championships (ASA Senior T&F Championships) and we
agreed that if the weather was good, we would try and break it. It all worked
out perfectly in the semi-finals."
In near perfect conditions,
Horn ran the 11.03sec that sees her crowned as the new SA record holder.
had a spectacular indoor season in 2018, breaking the indoor national record
twice over 60m, first running 7.10sec in Eaubonne (France) in February,
before breaking it again two days later in Metz where Horn was timed at
"We were a bit surprised
about her indoor season as her start is not (yet) the best," said her coach
Rainer Schopf. "But that bode very well for the Championships. Once we get her
start right, the sub 11 is definitely on the cards."
After her record breaking
performance in the semi-finals, Horn returned the following day to claim the
national title, winning in 11.08sec.
Horn will now line up as the headline act
in the women's 100m at the Athletix Grand Prix series final on
Thursday, March 22 in Paarl.