March 5, 2024

Carina Horn shatters SA 100m record

Carina sets her sights on sub 11 in the 100m

PRETORIA – On a balmy afternoon here at the Tuks-stadium local lass Carina Horn blasted her way to brand a new South African record at the South African National Track and Field Championships in the 100m for females.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – March 15: Carina Horn of AGN wins the semi final of the women’s 100m and sets a new South African record of 11.03 seconds during day 1 of the ASA Senior and Combined Events Track & Field Championships at Tuks Athletics Stadium on March 15, 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)

Horn clocked 11.03 seconds in semi-final at and is now the sole holder of the record – having matched Evette de Klerk’s 11.06 from April 1990 in Madrid in July 2015.

While lying flat on her back after her record-breaking run an elated Horn told The Athlete: “I waited a long time for the perfect weather conditions here on my home track. I knew it would work for me and I am just very happy that it did. It (breaking the SA record) hasn’t sunk in yet, but I am obviously over the moon. It’s a dream come true.

“Since 2015, I was very disappointed every time I participated in a major event. So I am obviously satisfied with my performance because over the past two years I fall out of a world champs or don’t make it in the semis.”

The 29-year-old is now officially the fastest 100m female sprinter in South Africa has ever produced, but the big question is now if she can go even faster in the final.

“Yes, in the final you are pumped with more adrenalin. It’s my home track and the competition is obviously going to be better. I arrived back from the World Indoor Champs a week ago. I was preparing for the 60m and not the 100m. So, I wasn’t sure how it would go.

“The Indoor Champs certainly helped because it is always a test for my coach and I to see where I’m at. That competition certainly did help, but I don’t want to get too carried away. I achieved my goal to set a new SA record, but my goal is to now go sub 11. That is where all my focus is right now,” she added.

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