Is Clarence Munyai back to form? That was the question on everybody’s lip on Saturday after the 200m South African record holder, Munyai clocked a 10.04s personal best in the 100m heat before winning the event at the final of North Gauteng championships in Pretoria with 10.14s.
Clarence’s best of 10.10s was achieved in 2018 when he ran the blistering 19.69s national record; but on Saturday he improved that to 10.04s in the heat and confirmed his form by running 10.05s in the semifinals to secure automatic qualification for the world championships in Eugene, Oregon, later this year.
He will also take confidence from the fact that his victims on Saturday included second-placed Emile Erasmus (10.31), fellow-Olympian Gift Leotlela (10.33) and veteran Henricho Bruintjie.
Marioné Fourie clocked an impressive 12.86 in the women’s 100m hurdles with 2.2m/s wind. Definitely this 19-year-old young hurler could be within striking distance of Rikenette Steenkamp’s national record of 12.81 in the not too distant future.
On Friday, Zeney van der Walt — who missed out on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics by a single world ranking point — clocked 55.36 in the 400m hurdles to book an automatic spot at the world championships.