HENRICHO BRUINTJIES

PROFILE

Nationality: RSA

Place of birth: Paarl

DOB: 16 July 1993

Coach: Morne Nagel

PERSONAL BESTS

60 m (Indoors): 6.62 sec
100 m: 9.97 sec
200 m: 20.62 sec

HONORS

60 m (Indoors): 6.62 sec, Berlin, February'16
100 m: 9.97 sec, La Chaux-de-Fonds, July'15
100 m: Silver, 10.17 sec, Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, 2018
200 m: 20.62 sec, Bydgoszcz, June'15
4x100 m: SA record, Silver, 38.24 sec, Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, 2018

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

100 m: 4th, 10.44 sec, African Championships, Marrakech, 2014
100 m: 7th, 10.21 sec, World Championships, Beijing, 2015
100 m: 2nd, 10.17 sec, Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, 2018

4 x 100 m: 4th, 38.35 sec, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, 2014
4x100 m: 2nd, 38.24 sec, Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, 2018

BIOGRAPHY

Making his first major impact on the domestic circuit, Bruintjies grabbed the silver medal in the 100m final at the 2013 SA Senior Championships in Stellenbosch, at the age of 19, and that same year he earned the national student title in the short sprint.

The following season he showed good form at international level, first joining Akani Simbine, Simon Magakwe and Ncinci Titi as they charged to a national 4x100m relay record at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and then reaching the semifinals at the African Championships in Marrakech.

In 2015, Bruintjies produced a historic 100m performance in La Chaux-de-Fonds when he became only the third South African athlete to dip under the 10-second barrier, clocking 9.97 to clip 0.01 off the SA record.

Though his national mark has since been bettered, Bruintjies has stayed within touch of the fastest men in the country and the powerful speedster has played a key role in setting the standard during a national sprint revolution.

Bruintjies did well to reach the semifinals at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, and he competed in the heats at the 2016 Rio Olympics, proving he still has the hunger to put up a fight against the global elite.

While he has concentrated on the 100m event throughout his career, he also holds a handy personal best of 20.62 in the 200m sprint.

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