Carina Horn and Henricho Bruintjies both ran personal best times at the IAAF Karlsruhe Meeting in Germany on Saturday night.
Horn (Tuks/HPC) ran 7.20 seconds in the 60m final, equalling her best time ran in Berlin last year while Bruintjies ran the men’s 60m final in 6.64. On Wednesday night in Dusseldorf Bruintjies ran 6.65.
Dafne Schippers (Netherlands), gold medallist in the 200m and 100 silver medallist at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, won the women’s race in 7.08.
Barbara Pierre (USA) was second in 7.09s and Britain’s national record holder over 100m, Dina Asher-Smith, third in 7.11. Horn finished seventh.
The men’s 60m sprint was won by Mike Rodgers (USA), a former Olympic and World Championships medallist, in a time of 6.52. Kim Collins (Saint Kitts and Nevis), a former 100m world champion, was second in 6.54 and Trell Kimmons (USA) third in 6.58. Bruintjies was eighth.
Horn, pictured above, is ‘sort of OK’ with her race.
The fact that I managed to equal my best time means that I must be doing something right, but I know I’m capable of running a faster time. I guess I just need to be patient and focus on doing the small things correctly, then the fast times will happen, said Horn who ran 7.27 in Dusseldorf on Wednesday.
The Tuks/HPC athlete’s next indoor race will be in Berlin on Saturday. She will also be in action in Manchester on 20 February.
‘Indoor athletics is “crazy” exciting. Not only is it intense but it’s also very hard racing. The results prove it. I ran a personal best time of 6.64 seconds, which is a world championships qualifying time, but I still only finished 8th,’ is what Bruintjies wrote on Facebook.
Hennie Kriel, who coaches Bruintjies, is satisfied.
‘The only reason why Henricho is competing indoors is to gain international experience. He has got to learn how to handle pressure in big races. Indoor athletics is a hard learning school for him, because he is competing against some of the world’s top sprinters,’ said Kriel.
Bruintjies will also be in action in Berlin.
Picture of Horn courtesy of Reg Caldecott