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‘Technical session’ brings out the best in Van Rensburg

Van Rensburg

By Mark Etheridge

What was originally meant as a technical session, produced a new personal best javelin throw for Phil-Mar van Rensburg at the weekend.

Crowned African champion in Durban last year, after ending third in the African Games in Brazzaville, Congo, the previous year, Van Rensburg was competing at a University of Johannesburg meeting.

In his fourth and final throw, the javelin pegged at 80.49 metres, beating his previous best by an impressive 1.61m.

It was actually touch and go whether Van Rensburg would even throw.

‘There weren’t many competitors and not too much atmosphere, but then the throws just starting coming out nicely and constantly over the 78m mark and then that 80.49 in the fourth round.

‘I only took four throws, because I took it more as a technical session than a competition and spare my body for the big events still to come.

‘But I must say the body is feeling good and now the plan is to prepare well for SA’s, which are in Potchefstroom this year and there’ll be a good atmosphere to produce a big throw, and a perfect opportunity to qualify for World Championships in London later this year.’

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