Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
7 Jul 2015
12:34 pm

Bruintjies pulls out of games with injury niggle

Wesley Botton

Henricho Bruintjies has returned home for an early break from his international campaign, in order to rest tired muscles ahead of next month's World Championships, his coach Hennie Kriel confirmed on Tuesday.

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“He has been in Europe for seven weeks now, on his own, so we’re hoping to be able to give him a short rest,” Kriel said.

“He ran two hard heats on Sunday and then had to travel by bus and plane, and he said his glute felt stiff.

“We made a quick decision to bring him back to assess the situation, but it doesn’t seem serious.”

The 21-year-old speed sensation, who set the national 100m record of 9.97 seconds in Switzerland last week, was expected to turn out at a European permit meeting in Budapest last night, before representing the SA 4x100m relay team at the World Student Games in Gwangju later this week.

“He was not able to run in Budapest and we could not expect the meeting organisers to cover the expenses of staying there if he was not competing.

“As he was only selected for the relay team in Gwangju, not the individual race, we thought it best he return home.”

In the absence of Bruintjies, fellow Tuks speedster Akani Simbine will spearhead a strong relay squad at the biennal university spectacle, with support from Gideon Trotter, Ncinci Titi and Eckhardt Rossouw.