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Track Beauty of the Week: Wenda Theron
October 24, 2011Posted by on
Wenda Theron is this week’s track beauty!
As a youngster, Theron started out as a short sprinter, attempting the 100m-200m double at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing. She displayed much potential as a youth athlete, reaching all the way to the 200m dash semifinals of the 2005 World Youth Championships in Marrakech. A cursory look at her personal bests (100m dash – 11.88s, 200m dash – 24.20s, 400m dash – 53.93s) indicate her sprinting talent.
The South African 400m hurdler competed at the Daegu World Championships back in August of this year. The 23-year old ran a superb race in qualifying, stopping the clock in a new personal best time of 56.13s. At the semifinals, however, Theron failed to replicate her performance, finishing in eight place (57.06s).
She improved considerably from her 56.76s clocking at the Shenzen Universiade finals, held a few days before Daegu.
Although the University of Pretoria graduate has yet to land a major international medal, Theron has distinguished herself in continental competition, qualifying in the top eight at the competitive African Championships in 2010 and winning a silver medal at the 2011 All-Africa Games.
Theron qualified for an outright slot for the London Olympics during the South African Open Championships in Pretoria held last May. She bettered the “A” standard of 55.50s as she ran 55.36s in qualifying.
South Africa has a knack for producing world-class intermediate hurdlers like L.J. Van Zyl and Cornel Fredericks. With such high quality compatriots sharing the same discipline, it won’t be surprising to find Theron amongst the world’s elite in a few years’ time.