Taylon Bieldt delivered a stunning performance on Sunday, breaking the South African record in the women’s 100m hurdles event.
Bieldt scorched to a convincing victory in 12.76 seconds at a meeting in Campo Scuola, Italy. She crossed the line well ahead of Italian athlete Veronica Besana, who took second place in 13.01.
The 24 year-old South African, already recognised as one of SA’s most versatile athletes, shattered her personal best of 12.91 which she had clocked in Mangaung last month. She also sliced 0.05 off the national record (12.81) which was set by Rikenette Steenkamp in Switzerland in July 2018.
“Taylon crowns a super week for South African athletics following on the great and noticeable performances of Akani Simbine and Wayde van Niekerk.
“Our athletes are inspiring and without taking anything away from her, what Taylon has just done continues the consistency amongst our top athletes over past week. She seems to be on the rise in her build-up towards the Budapest World Championships.
“We congratulate her, coaches and support staff for a job well done. But a lot of work has still to be done and we encourage all athletes to keep working hard and not to lose sight of the bigger picture,” said James Moloi, the President of Athletics South Africa.
Image provided by Cecilia van Bers
* All ASA records are subject to standard ratification procedures