Teenage sprint sensation SA Jingqi hailed as future Olympian

Jingqi recently delivered record results on the third and final day of the ASA U16, U18 and U20 National Athletics Championships at the NWU McArthur Athletics Stadium in Potchefstroom on Saturday.

Jingqi, who broke the SA U18 (youth) record three times On Thursday, her best time being 11.22, she beat at home 23.03 (the record is subject to standard ratification procedures) in the U20 (junior) 200m final on Saturday to break one of the records oldest in the sport.

The 17-year-old snatched 0.27 from the national youth mark of 23.30 which was set by Evette de Klerk in Tshwane in April 1982.

His time of 11.22 seconds to clinch gold in the final was not only an Under-18 record, but also a new SA Under-20 mark, eclipsing Marcel Winkler’s 11.25, set in 1989.

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She is now said to have set her sights on the Senior Championships at Cape Town’s Green Point Athletics Stadium, which will take place from April 21-23.

There is great excitement around this young talent, who has been touted as a future Olympian and described by some as a budding ‘Usain Bolt’.

“They say I’m not a human, but a machine, and I think that’s true. I broke three records with new cleats and I knew I could run faster,” Jingqi said in a post. Athletics South Africa press release.

“I’m consistent and I know what I want to do on the track. I kept my focus throughout the day and never lost my focus, and was rewarded with the national title in the 100m.

“My parents support me and watch on YouTube. I dedicated the record to my late brother Vukile who passed away last year in January.

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Naomi C. Amerson