Event: 110m hurdles
From: Studies at the University of Nebraska
Personal best: 13.44sec (Columbia, 16 May 2010)
Season best: 13.55sec (Porto Novo Benin, 28 June 2012)
Lehann Fourie’s performance in the 110m hurdles proved consistent throughout the season, making him a candidate to compete at the Olympic Games for the first time.
Fourie may be ranked number 72 in the world, but 25 of those athletes are from the USA. Countries are only allowed to enter up to three athletes per event.
The African Senior Champion recorded his best time of the season in the heats of the Championships in Benin, clocking 13.55sec to win his heat and secure his place in the final.
Fourie has represented South Africa at various other events including the African Senior Championships in 2010 and twice in the World Championships (2009 and 2011). He won a silver medal at the World University Games in 2009.
At the start of the season, Fourie struggled with a minor injury that left him unable to compete. But once he recovered, his performances quickly picked up, proving him to be a very consistent athlete.
Other performances of the season include:
13.31 (3.0) 3 Florida 6 April
13.72 Oordegem 2 June
13.64 3 France 5 June
13.69 1 Oslo 7 June
13.59 5 Praha 11 June
13.59 1 Ried 16 June
13.55 1h1 Benin 28 June
13.60 1 Benin 30 June
13.96 6 Reims, Germany 4 July
13.81 2 Eindhoven 15 July
Back in time
Fourie started his professional career in 2005 and represented South Africa as a junior athlete, winning the SA Junior Championships and was awarded a bronze at the Africa Junior Championships in Tunisia.
He also tried his hand at 400m hurdles in 2009 and 2010, with his best time clocked at 51.22sec
Men’s 110m hurdles Schedule
Heats: 7 August at 10:10
Semi-Finals: 8 August at 19:15
Finals: 8 August at 21:15