Record Breaking Weekend for Agency Clients

Records fell and history was made by Agency clients this weekend at the Athletics Gauteng North Championships in Pretoria.

First up was Rio silver medallist Luvo Manyonga who, with a jump of 8,62m, broke the South African and African record by a massive 12cm and bettered his own PB by 14cm. This was the longest jump in the world for the past 8 years and puts Manyonga 12th on the all-time list.

Next up was 18-year-old Olympian Gift Leotlela who broke the SA Junior 100m record in a time of 10.12s, beating the old mark previously held by current senior SA record holder Akani Simbine by 0.07s.

Finally, in a historic race that saw, for the first time on South African soil, 2 men dip under 10s for the 100m, Thando Roto ran an outstanding 9.95s, bettering his PB by 0.23s and in the process becoming only the 5th SA man to post a sub-10s. This time was also qualifies Roto for the Senior World Championships to be held in London later this year.

Other Agency athletes who also won their respective events were Wenda Nel, Taylon Beildt and Cornel Fredericks.

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Manyonga & Leotlela in record breaking form

Olympic long jump silver medalist Luvo Manyonga opened his season in the best possible way with an African All-Comers’ record breaking jump of 8.46m in Bloemfontein yesterday evening. His last jump of the evening saw Manyonga post an incredible 8.72m but he was shown the red flag after a slight overstep. “I’ve been working really hard to fix a few things from last year, especially my landing, and it seems to have worked,” a happy Manyonga said.

There was also drama on the track, when, after beating 400m WR holder Wayde van Niekerk, in a cruel twist of fate Gift Leotlela was denied an official time in the 100m after the timing device failed. Hand times gave him a 10.0 which would have been a new South African junior record.

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Record weekend for Munyai and Leotlela

Young Olympians Clarence Munyai and Gift Leotlela lit up the track this weekend in record breaking style.

Munyai followed up his record breaking 300m two weeks ago with a new SA and Africa Junior Record and Senior World Championship qualifying time of 20.10s in the 200m a few hours after running a 10.20s PB in the 100m.

Training partner Leotlela was not to be outdone, breaking the Varsity Athletics Record in the first race of his season with a time a 20.50s in the 200m.

Both athletes are coached by Hennie Kriel.

Roto and Fredericks get season off to a flying start

2016 FNB Varsity Athletics, Friday 18 February, at Uj Sport Stadium, Johannesburg Gauteng.
Thando Roto of Tuks and team amte Akane Simbane in the 100m for men
Photo by: Catherine Kotze/SASPA

Thando Roto and Cornel Fredericks both showed exciting early season form this weekend. Roto, who ran a wind assisted 9.98 last week, ran a new 100m PB by over 0.09 seconds clocking a fast 10.18s. This is just 0.1s off the Senior World Championships qualifying time.

400m hurdles Commonwealth Champion Cornel Fredericks was back to his best after a difficult 2016 season, with his fastest ever season opener of 49.81s, which is also just less than a second off the World Championship qualifying standard.