Cape Town – Alyssa Conley and Henricho Bruintjies rule South Africa!
The sprint stars are the new South African 100m champions after causing huge upsets in their respective finals at the SA National Athletics Championships at Coetzenberg in Stellenbosch on Friday night.
Alyssa Conley wins the womens 100m final during the 2016 ASA SA Senior Championships at Coetzenburg Stadium, Stellenbosch. Photo: Chris Ricc. Credit: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Conley rocked the women’s sprinting landscape as she got the better of SA record holder Carina Horn on the finish line in 11.36 seconds on a rather chilly but clear evening, with Horn coming home in 11.37, with Western Province’s Tamzin Thomas third in 11.67.
“I’ve always believed in myself. I knew it was going to be a tough race, but after the first ASA Night Series when she basically caught up to me, I knew I could do it,” Conley said afterwards. “I was very focused and ready for the final.
“What hasn’t sunk in is that I am back on track. I haven’t been on track for three years due to injuries and setbacks, and what hasn’t sunk in is that I am here again. The next goal is tomorrow in the 200m.”
While Wenda Nel also caught the eye with a world-leading time of 54.84 in the women’s 400m hurdles, it was the two 100m finals that had the boisterous Coetzenberg crowd on their feet.