PARIS, France, February 10 – Carina Horn (TuksAthletics) set a new South African Indoor record on Friday night when she finished second in the 60 metres, running 7.10s at the Val d’Oise Meeting Eaubonne, France.
Her time was 0.05sec faster than the previous record set by Wendy Hartmann in 1999 in Maebashi, Japan. She is also a South African record-holder over 100m. She and Irvette de Klerk both ran personal best times of 11.06.
Last night the Tuks athlete gave notice in the semi-finals that she meant business when she won her heat in 7.16. It was just 0.01 slower than Hartmann’s national record. Her time of 11.10 places her fourth on the IAAF indoor-rankings.
Horn is not one to use a lot of words to vent her feelings but she did admit that she was excited about her performance.
“The fact that I managed to improve on my best time in the semi-finals really motivated me. To be able to run even faster in the final means that the long hard hours are paying dividends.
“I must be doing something right, but I know I am capable of running even faster times. I guess I just need to be patient and focus on doing the small things right, and then it will happen.”
Before leaving for Europe Horn was already confident giving a good account of herself if her travel arrangements do not turn out to be a nightmare like it was last year.
In 2017 the Tuks athlete got bogged down for hours at airports which led to her being late for races or just arriving in the nick of time. That led to her getting demotivated. Her best time last year in the 100m was only 11.10.
Horn has set her goals on trying to qualify for the 60m final at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham (March 2-4).
– African News Agency (ANA)