Rikenette Steenkamp finally broke through the sub-13-second barrier this year. Photo: Roger Sedres, BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN – She was first left out of the South African team for the IAAF World Championships.

Then Rikenette Steenkamp, the premier 100m hurdler in the country, received a lifeline when she was invited to the London competition by the IAAF.

But in an unfortunate chain of events, Steenkamp has been ruled out with a hamstring injury, and she announced on her Instagram account on Saturday that she won’t make it to the world championships.

It is a heartbreaking situation for Tuks star Steenkamp, who finally broke through the sub-13-second barrier when she ran 12.99 seconds in Ostrava, Czech Republic late last month.

Steenkamp became the first South African woman to produce a sub-13 time since national record holder Corien Botha, whose SA mark is 12.94.

“This is somewhat of a bitter sweet post from my side. I recently received the wonderful news that I am included in the national team to participate at the World Championship in London next week. What an honor. I am currently in good shape, but unfortunately I suffered an injury in training on Monday,” she said in her Instagram post.

Hi Everyone!! This is somewhat of a bitter sweet post from my side. I recently received the wonderful news that I am included in the national team to participate at the World Championship in London next week. What an honor. I am currently in good shape but unfortunately I suffered an injury in training on Monday. I am thankful that it is a non-severe hamstring condition. Full recovery is an important goal for me and therefore I had to withdraw from the team. This 2017 was and is a miracle year for me and I can only thank God for every golden moment. I believe that success in life is not about an event, but truly a way of living. I will not fight what happened and I understand that everything happening to me is happening for me. I will give my body the rest it needs. I will recover with grace, wisdom and patience. I will support team-SA from this side! To the many athletes that work hard and experience similar disappointments my heart goes out to you. Look up, stay in faith and know that everything is beautiful in its time. To my team and family.together we conquer. This hurdle we will also overcome. I can't wait to be back and to do what I love. Sincerely Rikenette. #tracklife #stayinfaith #winner #worldchampionships #athlete #mystory #forhisglory #believe

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“I am thankful that it is a non-severe hamstring condition. Full recovery is an important goal for me, and therefore I had to withdraw from the team. This 2017 was and is a miracle year for me, and I can only thank God for every golden moment.

“I believe that success in life is not about an event, but truly a way of living. I will not fight what happened, and I understand that everything happening to me is happening for me. I will give my body the rest it needs. I will recover with grace, wisdom and patience.

“I will support team-SA from this side!”

American world record holder Kendra Harrison leads the 2017 list in the 100m hurdles with an astonishing 12.28 – which isn’t far off her overall world mark of 12.20 set last year.

 

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