Place of birth: Pietermaritzburg
DOB: 4 NOVEMBER 1993
Coach: Suzanne Ferreira
100 m: 11.74 sec
200 m: 22.84 sec
400 m: 51.27 sec
100 m: 11.74 sec, Stellenbosch, April'15
200 m: 22.84 sec, Kortrijk, July'17
400 m: 51.27 sec, Gwangju, July'15
200 m: 4th, 23.27 sec, Marrakech, 2014
200 m: 4th, 23.22 sec, African Championships, Durban, 2016
400 m: 4th, 54.55 sec, World Youth Championships, Brixen, 2009
400 m: 2nd, 52.93 sec, African Junior Championships, Gaborone, 2011
400 m: 5th, 51.87 sec, World Junior Championships, Barcelona, 2012
400 m: 6th, 53.70 sec, Marrakech, 2014
400 m: 1st, 51.27 sec, Gwangju, 2015
400 m: 2nd, 51.83 sec, World Student Games, Taipei, 2017
4 x 400 m Relay: 1st, 3:39.16 sec, African Junior Championships, Gaborone, 2011
4 x 400 m Relay: 3rd, 3:36.05 sec, Kazan, 2013
4 x 400 m Relay: 1st, 3:28.49 sec, African Championships, Durban, 2016
“You don’t get to the Olympics or any World Champs by accident or luck, it takes a lot of hard work, hours of training, sacrifices and an underlying belief that you can and you will get there.”
Displaying tremendous potential as a teenage prodigy, Justine Palframan reached the 400m final at the World Youth Championships in 2009.
Closing her U-18 campaign in style the following season, she stormed to a 400m personal best of 52.88 in Manzini, shattering the South African youth record. Two years later she made the one-lap final at the World Junior Championships, dipping under 52 seconds for the first time when she clocked 51.87 to take fifth position, adding the national junior 400m record to her youth mark.
Palframan went on to make a significant statement in the 2015 season, bridging the gap to senior level by winning gold at the World Student Games, storming across the line in 51.27 to smash her personal best as she climbed to eighth position in the all-time South African 400m rankings.
Despite battling with injuries and illness in 2016, she did well to join Caster Semenya, Wenda Nel and Jeanelle Griesel in securing the continental 4x400m relay title at the African Championships on home soil, with the quartet setting a national record of 3:28.49.
Making a switch in the 2017 season, Palframan joined Suzanne Ferreira's training group in Stellenbosch, and her new environment triggered a superb comeback as she regained her best form. After setting a 200m personal best of 22.84, settling in a tie for 11th spot in the all-time South African rankings, she stepped up in distance again and returned to the podium at the World Student Games by earning the silver medal in the 400m contest.
Palframan has competed at three successive editions of the World Championships, reaching the 200m semifinals at the Beijing 2015 and London 2017 editions of the global spectacle, as well as the 2016 Rio Olympics.
One of South Africa's top female sprinters, she will aim to close the gap on the international elite in the build-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.