By Mark Etheridge
National 100-metre sprint champion Henricho Bruintjies notched up another solid race on his road to the Rio Olympics on Monday night.
After opening proceedings with a 10.09sec in the heats, the Paarl pocket rocket produced a time of 10.11 seconds at the Josef Odlozil Memorial Meeting in the Czech Republic.
He was second quickest out of the blocks with a reaction time of 0.132sec and it took a meeting record, national record and personal best performance of 9.99 by Cote d’Ivoire’s Ben Youssef Meite to to deny the South African victory.
It was a good race for the African continent with Lesotho’s Mosito Lehata taking third in 10.12 and Nigeria’s Seye Ogunlewe fourth in 10.21.
And despite not emerging victorious, Bruintjies was a happy man.
He told Road to Rio 2016: ‘I ran 9.89 a week or so ago… the same day I ran 10.14sec. After that I had another competition where I came second.
‘And then following day I had to travel to this competition. So the legs are a bit tired, but no excuses.
‘I’m in great form. The weather is cool here in Czech Republic and the competition was good.’
What’s next for the man who is now making a habit of notching up Olympic qualifying times?
‘I’m back to Italy in the morning then some more training and then off to the next competition which will be on 14 June in Switzerland.’
Bruintjies was the only South African in action at Monday’s meeting.
Picture of Bruintjies in action at last month’s SA Open meeting, courtesy of Roger Sedres/ImageSA