Feeling good after her first throw when she was told she was close to the mark, the 25-year-old Bestmed Madibaz athlete said she then decided to see if she could break the record.
“At that moment I realised it was a possibility and from then it became a goal for me to try to set a new mark,” she said.
She finished with a best throw of 56.69 metres, fractionally behind her personal best of 56.86. Senekal will be looking to continue her form in the South African Senior Championships, starting in Pretoria tomorrow.
Having missed out on selection for the Commonwealth Games in Australia next month, the final-year education honours student said she was now focused on the national championships.
“I threw the qualifying distance for the Commonwealth Games, but I was not selected for the squad,” she said. “So the next big goal for me this year is the SA champs.”
With the Olympic Games (in Japan in 2020) and the World Championships (in Qatar next year) as her long-term goals, Senekal, who is coached by Kobus van Zyl, said she would continue to work at both the discus and shot put.
“Every year and every practice you try to work on any faults you may have and I am focused on that all the time.”
Bestmed Madibaz athletics manager Nellis Bothma said they were extremely proud of Senekal’s performances.
“Despite the disappointment of missing out on the Commonwealth Games, we are sure that she will make history again by winning both the discus and shot put at the national championships in Pretoria,” he said.