EVENT: 400 m HURDLES
Place of birth: Cape Town
DOB: 15 May 1993
Coach: Nico van Heerden
300 m Hurdles: 37.19 sec
400 m Hurdles: 46.54 sec
300 m Hurdles: 37.19 sec, Parow, December'13
400 m Hurdles: 46.54 sec, Pretoria, February'16
400 m Hurdles: 49.03 sec, Bloemfontein, May'16
Olympic Games - Rio 2016 (7th 400mH heat, 50.22)
World Student Games - Gwangju 2015 (8th 400mH semifinal, 50.36)
“I was only 9 years old when I lost my mother. Not having my mom around was something difficult to deal with. The passion I have for athletics keeps me going. Track and field is where I’m happy, it makes me forget everything. Takes the pain away although it never fades. And all the success I attribute to my mother.”
Specialising in one of South Africa's most competitive track and field disciplines, Lindsay Hanekom has done well to establish his place among the country's best 400m hurdlers.
After winning the national Under-23 title in 2015, he enjoyed an explosive season in 2016, elevating himself to world-class status.
“I have a favourite biblical quote Luke 18:27 that says “The things that seem impossible by men is possible by God”…chase your dream, believe in your God given ability, always pray through good and bad times”.
He dipped under 50 seconds for the first time and reduced his personal best to 49.03 at the SA Open meeting in Bloemfontein, booking his place in the SA team for the Rio Olympics.
Spearheading the next generation of local hurdles stars, while juggling his commitments as a sports science student at the University of Pretoria, Hanekom has a bright future at international level.