Zinzi Chabangu claims first SA record of 2020 season
Zinzi Chabangu has broken the first SA record of the season‚ flying to 14.02m in the women’s triple jump in Pretoria at the weekend.
The University of Johannesburg student added 13cm to the previous mark of 13.89‚ set by Patience Ntshingila in 2012.
Chabangu’s previous best was 13.65m.
“Because it is an Olympic year‚ the goal is to go big‚ but I did not expect to do so today‚” she was quoted as saying in a statement by the University of Pretoria’s athletics club.
“I did not have the best of starts. I overstepped with my first jump.
"The second one was the big one‚ but somehow then I lost the plot.
“I had a real adrenaline rush after the 14.02m jump. It led to me getting over-eager. I so wanted another big jump. Unfortunately I kept on over-stepping.”
The Olympic qualifying mark for Tokyo 2020 is 14.32.