Drienkie breaks SA shotput record

2001-02-10 18:37

Johannesburg - Thirty year old shotputter Drienkie van Wyk set a new South African record of 17.68 metres at the RAU stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Van Wyk, who earlier in this week completed a two-year suspension for the use of a anabolic steroid nandrolone, took part at Athletics Central-Gauteng provincial campionships.

The previous record of 17.32m was set by Marie van Heerden almost 21 years ago.

With her first attempt Van Wyk reached a distance of 16.91m. With her second attempt she recorded a throw of 17.40m. Her fourth attempt brought her the new record of 17.68m.

"With my last throw I easily broke the 18m mark, but I over-stepped," the East Rand athlete said. Van Wyk is also a former SA powerlifting champion.

"I am looking forward to the Absa meeting in Potchefstroom on Monday. Especially because Veronica Abrahamse also broke through the 17m mark this weekend. I am very happy for her," Van Wyk said.

Abrahamse, Commonwealth bronze medal winner three years ago, bettered her previous best mark by 21cm in Pretoria on Friday night to reach a personal best distance of 21.12m.

On February 5, 1999 Van Wyk also broke Van Heerden's record with a distance of 17.38m but was tested positive and suspended. - News24