Tuks athlete Taylon Biedt is steadily making progress after winning the 400m hurdles in 56.17 seconds at the Bestmed TuksAthletics Stadium.

According to a post on the tukssport website, the 23-year-old took a break away from competing in the 400m hurdles race.

In 2020, for the first time in five years, Bieldt took part in the longer hurdles event. She previously competed in the 100m hurdles at the Commonwealth Youth Games 2015 and World Junior Championships editions.

Bieldt beat eight-time South African champion, Wenda Nel and former double world champion, Zeney van der Walt at the Gauteng North Championships recently.

She has revealed that she had drawn inspiration from Nel, who she regards as her mentor.

“No matter how hard I trained, the times I ran remained the same. Wenda encouraged me not to lose faith in my abilities, telling me that my breakthrough race will happen when I least expect it.

“And when it does, everything is going to change. Wenda might not know it, but she has been my mentor for a while. I have been watching what she does before a race and afterwards. All the time, I am learning.”

Bieldt considers switching to 400m hurdles has been one of her best decisions, “I love the challenge of the 400m-hurdles-especially the hard training. There are days it feels like I might ‘die’, but the next day I can’t wait to do it all over again. I don’t think I would have ever reached my full potential as a 100m-hurdler. It seems I am more of an endurance athlete,” she concluded.

It now seems as if the 23-year-old is closer to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. She only needs to be 0.77s faster. The Olympic A-qualifying standard is 55.40s. Her winning time during the recent 2021 Athletics Gauteng North Championships is a massive personal best. Last year, she ran 57.88s.

Photo 1 Caption: Tuks athlete Taylon Biedt previously pictured in action. Photo: Varsity Sports (Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/varsitysportsSA/photos/)