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03 May 2019 | Story Ruan Bruwer
Lynique Beneke
Lynique Beneke, long jump athlete of the University of the Free State and the national women’s champion seven times in a row, hopes to qualify for the World Championships.

The long jumper, Lynique Beneke, dreams of going to another Olympic Games and jumping over seven metres before she retires.

In between, there is still a World Championship later in the year for which she is trying to qualify. The qualifying standard is 6,72 m, not far from the 6,64 m she achieved at the national athletics championships at the end of April, which earned her a seventh consecutive national crown. At the time, it was the seventh best globally. She will have to qualify in Europe, as the South African season is over.

“With my faith as my biggest support, my mom and I both dreamed about me jumping exactly the same distance of 7,03 m! That is my big goal. I know I can do that,” Beneke (28) said. Her personal best is 6,81 m.

Special bond with coach


She is currently studying Education (BEd Senior and FET phase). “At this moment, I’m focusing on finishing my degree and enjoying my athletics. I want to give my athletics a fair chance, as I am only getting into prime shape now at this age. Once I’m done with athletics, I will focus on a career.”

According to Beneke, a 2016 Olympian and the Kovsie Senior Sportswoman of the Year for 2018, consistency is the name of her game. “I show up, even when I don’t feel like it. I push myself every day. I feel I have so much left in the tank, and that motivates me. All the glory to God.”

She is married to the hurdler, PC (also a Kovsie student). They moved from Gauteng to Bloemfontein at the end of 2017.

“My coach, Emmarie Fouché, was the big influence (coming here). I started working with her at the end of 2015. We work perfectly together; we are both women and have the same work ethic. She understands me. We are very close, and I think that is what makes the difference.”


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UFS presents outstanding sprinting team
2012-01-26

 
Wayde van Niekerk and Gideon Trotter.

This is year is a very good season for athletics at our university with Wayde van Niekerk and Gideon Trotter, who are now part of the team.

Wayde, the world’s second-fastest 200 m junior athlete, was seen in action at the UFS’s first-year athletics meeting. This proud resident of Armentum Residence at our Bloemfontein Campus has enrolled as a first-year in the BA Extended Programme.

Gideon, an Africa junior 100 m champion, also enrolled for the University Preparation Programme this year with the purpose to continue with Human Movement Sciences later. He will soon be seen in action at the Inter-Provincial Yellow Pages Championships in Johannesburg.

"Kovsies is excited and privileged to welcome athletes of this quality on the campus. “With stars like Thuso Mpuang, silver-medal 200 m athlete at the World Student Championships, Sean de Klerk, SA 200 m Junior Champion 2010 and Kagisho Kumbane we can produce an outstanding sprinting team," states DB Prinsloo, Director: KovsieSport (acting).

 

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