It was a week of incredible performances by athletes at the Provincial Championships this past week, and Anika Smit (Athletics Central North West), the Commonwealth Games Champion, is back to her best in the high jump after an almost six month layoff with injury.
At the Central North West Provincial Championships on Tuesday 22 February, Smit went over 1.93m for the first time in her career. The 20 year old from Potchefstroom cleared 1.75m, 1.80m, 1.85m and 1.90m all on her first attempt.
It was only when she raised the bar to 1.93m that she needed two attempts to get over.
“I’m ecstatic, I cannot believe that after almost 6 months of injury layoff I come out and jumped 1.93m. It’s fantastic. My next goal is to clear 1.95m as I need to qualify for the World Championships.”
At the rate that Anika is going, few would bet against her reaching the set target, sooner rather than later.
If Anika Smit’s performance at the CNW Provincial Championships wasn’t enough, Justine Robbeson (Athletics Central North West), the South African and African Record holder in the Javelin, cannot put a foot wrong.
At the provincial champs she threw over 60m three times.
Using a new Javelin, her first two attempts were No Throws. Her third attempt hit 57.85m. Justine then switched back to her old Javelin and promptly went 61.06m, 61.92m and 61.70m.
After the official competition was over, she launched another throw, which was measured at 62.70m.
Athletes will be selected by their provinces to compete at the SA Championships in Durban, on 16 and 17 March.
The national championships are used as the official trials for the IAAF world championships which take place in Osaka, Japan, later this year.