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Wittstock wraps up 2010

By Mark Etheridge

One of our leading women’s 200-metre athletes, Estie Wittstock, is now enjoying a well-deserved rest after her track and field season wound to an end in Europe last weekend.

Wittstock wrapped up her season with seventh spot in 200m at the IAAF Continental Cup meeting in Split, Croatia last weekend.

Her time was 24.05 seconds, a long way off the sort of time that had been predicted by coach and former national sprint champion Morne Nagel (she has a personal best of 23.31), but Wittstock was still satisfied with the outcome.

“It was quite an experience, the World Cup,” said Wittstock. “The atmosphere on the track was amazing. “It was a bit tough for me running from lane one, the bend was very tight. But I did everything that i was suppose to do (race strategy wise), and felt that I hadn’t had a bad run, but the time doesn’t reflect it. It looked like all the other runners also ran slower than usual, so I’am very happy with seventh place. I was ranked eighth going into the race and I almost got sixth, just a few hundreds of a second.”

“I’m very happy to close my season on this high note by representing my continent at the World Cup.”

So what’s next for Wittstock. “I’ll rest now a few weeks, and then start my preparation for the 2011 season in October.”

It’s also special week for Wittstock as she celebrates her 30th birthday on Wednesday, 15 October and will be able to indulge herself without the burden of training hanging over her head.