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Alkana

By Mark Etheridge

As the fact that he’s the fastest 110-metre hurdler on the African continent sinks in, high-flying Antonio Alkana is staying firmly grounded.

The Cape Town-based ace blitzed to victory at the Josef Odlozil meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, on Monday evening.

He won in a time of 13.11 seconds, clipping 0.13sec off Lehann Fourie’s five-year old mark.

The Czech meeting has happy memories for Alkana, who does the bulk of his training at his Bellville Velodrome base under the watchful eye of coach Marcel Otto.

‘I’ve won here before,’ he told the SASCOC website. ‘It was back in 2015 and I ran a wind-assisted 13.42sec for the win.’

He says his record didn’t come as that much of a surprise.

‘I’ve actually seen it coming this season, but I  just didn’t know when I’ll run it. I knew I could do it as I do those times in training. But now I just have to stay focused and enjoy the rest of the season.’

On the race itself: ‘It felt like it was a perfect race for me. I haven’t looked at the video yet, but from the results, I see I can still work on my start a bit. Otherwise conditions were good, I had a perfect wind and couldn’t ask for better.’

Alkana’s next race has just been confirmed as the World Challenge event in Hengelo, Netherlands on 11 June.

Picture of Alkana courtesy of Roger Sedres/ImageSA


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