Beukes Sets Eyes On Olympics

| June 4, 2015

Hard work and determination have paid dividends for javelin specialist, Stephan Beukes.

He astonished many spectators who were at the Senn Foods Botswana National Athletics Championships on May 30 by setting a new national record of 80.49 metres. In winning the competition, he beat second placed David Kethusitswe who managed 50.30m by a huge distance.

One of the skills that Beukes possessed, which many people were yet to identify and his main strength, was the way he positioned his elbow high and close to the head when dispatching his throws. Beukes said he worked really hard to achieve the 80 metres throw.

“It was a dream come true to do this on home turf. I am very happy, I literally had tears of joy when they measured 80.49,” he said.

Beukes, who finished on fourth position at the African Championships in 2014 with 76.52, said his ultimate goal was to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

He said together with his coach they are working hard to make sure that he clocks the Olympic entry standard of 83 metres in his next competitions.

“But having said that I think at the same time I need more exposure like going to Europe more often and compete in three of four competitions there, as that can up my performance,” he said.

He said in his quest to qualify for the Olympic he needs to work more on building more power in his throws saying he was happy with his speed and technique.

“As it stand if no one can beat my record in Botswana ahead of World Championships. It means I can go and compete, but now my aim is to qualify straight away. I know I will make it,” he said.

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Source : Botswana Daily News

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