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

2014 Commonwealth Games:
Glasgow - 4th, 4x100m relay (38.35)
2014 African Championships:
Marrakech - 4th, 100m semifinal (10.44)
2015 World Championships:
Beijing - 7th, 100m semifinal (10.21)
2018 Commonwealth Games:
Gold Coast - 2nd, 100m (10.17); 2nd, 4x100m relay (38.24)
2018 African Championships:
Asaba - 1st, 4x100m relay (38.25)

 

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 of 38.35 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 second 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.

Though he struggled to find his best form for a few years, he did well to reach the semifinals at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, and he was ultimately rewarded for his persistence in a superb 2018 campaign.
At the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast, Bruintjies charged over the line in second place in the men's 100m final, and he went on to join the SA 4x100m relay team in setting a national record of 38.24, grabbing another silver medal.

Later in the year, at the African Championships in Asaba, he again formed part of the sprint relay quartet who won gold with a convincing performance in tough conditions.

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

 

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