New SA Record Holder, Carina Horn Announced for Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Final

New SA Record Holder, Carina Horn Announced for Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Final

Seen here:  Carina Horn in action at the ASA Senior Championship in Pretoria on Thursday, 15 March 2018. Photo Credit:  Roger Sedres

Fresh off her SA record run in the women’s 100m semi-finals at the national championships on Thursday, 15 March and winning the national title on Friday, 16 March, Carina Horn has confirmed her appearance in the same event at the Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series Final on Thursday, 22 March 2018 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 11sec 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 11.07sec.

“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. She has had a spectacular indoor season in 2018, breaking the indoor national record twice over 60m, first running 7.10sec in Eaubonne (France) on 09 February, before breaking it again two days later in Metz where Horn was timed at 7.09sec.

“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 Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series Final on Thursday, 22 March in Paarl. 

EVENT INFORMATIONLiquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series

The Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix is more than just a show, it enables athletes the opportunity to compete against South African and global talent; for them to be nurtured and invested in, so that they have the potential of becoming green and gold medalists.

Dates and Venues:

Thursday, 22 March 2018
Dal Josaphat Stadium, Paarl

Ticket Prices:

Main Pavilion Tickets 

Standard Ticket: 
R 100 each

Children under 16 years of age:
R 50 each

Open Stand/Grass Banks

Standard Ticket: 
R 50 each

Children under 16 years of age:
R 50 each

ONLINE TICKET SALES are open and can be purchased via www.webtickets.co.za

Tickets can also be purchased at the gate of each event.

Visit the event’s Facebook page for daily announcements!

Facebook:  AthletixGrandPrix

Twitter: @AthletixGP

Website: www.athletixgrandprix.com

ABOUT LIQUID TELECOM

Liquid Telecom is a leading communications services and solutions provider across 13 countries in Eastern, central and Southern Africa that serves carrier, enterprise and retail customerswith high-speed, reliable connectivity and digital services. 

It has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network, spanning over 50,000km, and operates state-of-the-art data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi, with a combined 6,800 square meters of rack space.  

This is in addition to leading cloud-based services, such as Microsoft Office365 and Microsoft Azure, and innovative digital content provision, including Netflix, NBA, TED and Kwese Play. 

Through this combined offering, Liquid Telecom is enhancing customers’ experience on their digital journey. 

About Athletics South Africa:

Athletics South Africa (ASA) is the national governing body for the sport of athletics (including Track and Field, Cross Country, Road Running and Race Walking) in South Africa, which is a member of  the IAAF, and the  Confederation of African Athletics.  The association is based in Johannesburg.

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