Marione Fourie will be aiming to become the first South African female athlete to race to the 100m hurdles final at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest.
At last year’s Championships in Eugene, Fourie completed a fifth-place finish in the semi-finals, clocking 12.93s to equal her personal best time.
This time around, she will be aiming to build on her outstanding performances this year, which saw her set a new South African record running 12.55 seconds.
“To be honest, I am more nervous before this World Championships than I was last year. I viewed last year as a learning experience. The difference now is that I have set myself a definite goal. That is to compete in the final. But in sports, you can never take anything for granted. I will have to be at my best,” she expressed.
“Being nervous is not all bad. From personal experience, being slightly nervous can be good as it gets the adrenaline pumping. Ensuring I am only focused on running my own race will be essential on race day. It boils down to controlling the controllable.
“It does not help to overthink things, as each race has unique challenges. So I will take it one race at a time. Racing it to the best of my abilities.”
Photo 1 Caption: Marione Fourie will be aiming to become the first South African female athlete to race to the 100m hurdles final at the World Championships in Budapest. Photo: Marione Fourie (Instagram)
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