December 1, 2014  

Supplied by Tracy Abrahams from wpa2015
Christiaan Harmse is a South African hammer thrower. He has broken the African record seven times, and holds the championship record for both the African Championships and All-Africa Games. He has been a dominant presence in African hammer throwing since his first African Championships in Athletics in 1998 where he took gold with a championship record throw. He then went on to claim four consecutive African titles between 2002–2008, improving his own record along the way. His performances at the All-Africa Games have been equally dominant – he won his first title at the 1999 Games with a Games record and won twice more consecutively in 2003 and 2007, improving his record both times.

Although he won bronze medals at the 1998 and 2006 Commonwealth Games, he has had considerably less success on the world stage – despite four appearances at the World Championships in Athletics in his career, he has never qualified for the final of the event. Furthermore, he has never represented South Africa at the Olympics as he does not compete on Sundays, due to his religious views. Harmse is only the second Olympian to withdraw from the games for religious reasons.

On 11 April 2014, Harmse gained his nineteenth consecutive national hammer throw title at the South Africa Senior Track and Field Championships – a record unmatched by any athlete at the country's national championships.

His personal best throw is 80.63 metres, achieved in April 2005 in Durban. This is the former African record, being beaten in 2014 by Mostafa Al-Gamel from Egypt.
Western Province Athletics would like to extend an invitation to all interested athletes to attend this very exciting coaching clinic.

Date:     Friday 12 December 2014
Time:     16:00 – 19:30 (practical hammer throw session 19:00 – 19:30)
Venue:   Parow Athletic Track
Topics:   Training programs, weight training and technique
Cost:      FREE