On Wednesday, 12 April, the South African 100m-hurdles champion, Marione Fourie, continued her dominance, winning with a time of 13.01s, during the first leg of the 2023 ASA Grand Prix Series hosted at the Bestmed TuksAthletics Stadium.
This was her 15th consecutive victory. The last time Fourie got beaten locally in the women’s 100m hurdles was on 19 June 2021. Fourie is the only local hurdler to have dipped under 13 seconds in South Africa.
The South African record-holder, Rikenette Steenkamp, only did so racing internationally, the same applies to Corien Botha.
Steenkamp, who announced her retirement earlier this year, got 10 sub-13 races to her name, while Botha did so on three occasions. Fourie has done so on five occasions. Her best time is 12.93s.
The BSportSci student at Tuks makes no bones about her goal. She wants to set a new South African record. It means she has to run faster than 12.81s. Fourie is under no illusions as to what it will take to do so.
"I need to compete internationally to get pushed to my limits. I am often in the lead by the third hurdle in local races. Then it is me against the stopwatch. It is not good because I tend to slow down ever so slightly involuntarily."
During the first leg ASA Grand Prix Series, the stopwatch was again Fourie's main rival. That is likely why she missed out on dipping under 13 seconds for the sixth time. Kyala van den Bergh was second in a time of 13.76s. The South African junior champion and silver medallist at the SA Senior Champs, Chane Kok of Tuks, finished third. Her time of 13.79s is a personal best.