JOHANNESBURG – It took three years of grinding and fighting for Carina Horn to finally find her breakthrough to become the sole owner of the South African women’s 100m record.
Horn blasted out of the blocks in her semi-final to cross the line in a time of 11.03 seconds to knock three seconds off the record she jointly held with Evette de Klerk.
She equalled the 25-year-old national record of 11.06 seconds held by De Klerk in 2015 and had to endure three years of frustration in her bid to make the South African mark her own.
“It is a great feeling, I am really excited, I’ve been waiting for a few years to race on my home track and I am glad I could do it here,” Horn said.
This year is turning out to be a dream season for Horn, who broke the national 60m record twice in a space of three days in February.
She shaved 0.05 off Wendy Hartman’s previous national indoor record at the Val d’Oise Meeting Eaubonne before improving that mark with a time of 7.09 in France.
Coincidentally the last time she posted a personal best indoors she also went on to equal the South African 100m record.
For Horn, who is considered to be one of the country’s hardest working athletes, this is merely a stepping stone towards her goal of becoming the first South African female to dip below 11 seconds.
“If the weather is fine, hopefully, I can get to sub-11 because that is my goal, I feel it is coming now that I have the record,” Horn said.
“I targeted this race because the final (on Friday evening) is a bit late and we don’t know what the weather would be doing.”