Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
2 minute read
13 Jul 2015
1:41 pm

Horn, Moolman-Pasio lead charge for SA Women

Wesley Botton

While South Africa's fastest men and top road cyclists continue to break new ground, the country's best women are ensuring they keep up the pace.

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 13, Carina Horn during day 1 of the Yellow Pages South African Senior Championship at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on April 13, 2012 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa Photo by Richard Huggard / Gallo Images

Six national sprint records have been set by SA men over Olympic distances this year, and MTN-Qhubeka are delivering some superb performances as the first African outfit to compete at the Tour de France.

Meanwhile, Carina Horn and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio have made history with breakthrough performances of their own. Horn won her heat at the World Challenge meeting in Madrid on Saturday in 11.06 seconds, equalling the 25-year-old national 100m record.

She went on to finish fourth in the final in 11.10, which was also faster than her previous personal best of 11.16, and after knocking on the door of the mark for the last two seasons, the 26-year-old speedster was relieved to achieve her goal.

“It really feels amazing, something you can’t describe,” Horn said on Monday.

“Just to think of how much work and time it took, though preparing for it is part of the dream. Now it’s a dream come true.‬”

Moolman-Pasio finished fourth in the general classification at the Giro Rosa at the weekend, achieving the best ever position by a South African rider at the Grand Tour race.

Competing at the prestigious 10-day event in Italy for the sixth year in succession, the 29-year-old Bigla Pro Cycling rider improved her best previous result of eighth place in 2013. She grabbed third spot on four stages, completing the race a little more than two minutes behind Dutch winner Anna van Breggen (Rabo-Liv).

“Giro Rosa was an incredible experience this year. It’s really the best Giro I’ve had this far,” Moolman-Pasio said.

“Everything was great, from the team support to the equipment. It makes all the difference.

“I did my best every day to just stay in contention and not lose too much time.”

The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist was looking forward to the remainder of the 2015 campaign.

“I think the rest of the season is going to be great and it’s a privilege to have the support of such amazing girls in the team and incredible staff. Overall I am happy.”