Alwyn MYBURGH

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    South Africa South Africa
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    13 OCT 1980
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    174035
Alwyn Myburgh in Stellenbosch (Mark Ouma)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 10.2h +0.9 Pretoria (RSA) 14 JAN 2006
200 Metres 21.16 -0.5 Pretoria (RSA) 13 JAN 2001
200 Metres 20.1h +0.5 Secunda (RSA) 25 JAN 2008
300 Metres 33.76 Sollentuna (SWE) 08 JUL 2008
400 Metres 46.28 Secunda (RSA) 06 FEB 2004
110 Metres Hurdles 14.69 +0.7 Pretoria (RSA) 03 APR 1998
400 Metres Hurdles 48.09 Beijing (CHN) 31 AUG 2001
4x400 Metres Relay 3:01.25 Sydney (AUS) 29 SEP 2000

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2008

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
200 Metres 21.25 -0.2 Durban (RSA) 08 FEB 2008
200 Metres 20.1h +0.5 Secunda (RSA) 25 JAN 2008
300 Metres 33.76 Sollentuna (SWE) 08 JUL 2008
400 Metres 46.49 Durban (RSA) 08 FEB 2008
400 Metres 46.2h Secunda (RSA) 25 JAN 2008
400 Metres Hurdles 48.92 Beijing (CHN) 15 AUG 2008
4x400 Metres Relay 3:01.26 Beijing (CHN) 22 AUG 2008

Outdoor

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2008 21.25 -0.2 Durban (RSA) 08 FEB 2008
2001 21.16 -0.5 Pretoria (RSA) 13 JAN 2001

Outdoor

300 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008 33.76 Sollentuna (SWE) 08 JUL 2008

Outdoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008 46.49 Durban (RSA) 08 FEB 2008
2007 46.90 Sasolburg (RSA) 23 JAN 2007
2005 46.64 Bloemfontein (RSA) 11 FEB 2005
2004 46.28 Secunda (RSA) 06 FEB 2004
2003 48.29 Germiston (RSA) 18 JAN 2003
2002 46.65 Pretoria (RSA) 23 FEB 2002
2001 47.62 Papendal (NED) 04 JUL 2001

Outdoor

110 Metres Hurdles

Performance Wind Place Date
1998 14.69 +0.7 Pretoria (RSA) 03 APR 1998

Outdoor

400 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
2008 48.92 Beijing (CHN) 15 AUG 2008
2007 48.64 Athina (GRE) 02 JUL 2007
2006 48.23 Melbourne (AUS) 23 MAR 2006
2005 48.75 Stellenbosch (RSA) 11 MAR 2005
2004 48.21 Athina (GRE) 24 AUG 2004
2003 48.61 Poznan (POL) 29 JUN 2003
2002 48.39 Pretoria (RSA) 12 APR 2002
2001 48.09 Beijing (CHN) 31 AUG 2001
2000 49.07 Pretoria (RSA) 24 MAR 2000
1999 50.15 Germiston (RSA) 07 APR 1999
1998 52.48 Pretoria (RSA) 04 APR 1998

Outdoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2008 3:01.26 Beijing (CHN) 22 AUG 2008
2003 3:03.05 Paris (FRA) 30 AUG 2003
2001 3:01.70 Edmonton (CAN) 11 AUG 2001
2000 3:01.25 Sydney (AUS) 29 SEP 2000

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
7. 400 Metres Hurdles 49.07 Athina (GRE) 26 AUG 2004

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 400 Metres Hurdles 49.88 Bambous (MRI) 10 AUG 2006

Honours - All-African Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 400 Metres Hurdles 48.91 Algiers (ALG) 21 JUL 2007

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
8. 400 Metres Hurdles 49.47 Stuttgart (GER) 10 SEP 2006

Honours - Golden League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 48.46 Paris (FRA) 08 JUL 2006

Honours - Commonwealth Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 400 Metres Hurdles 48.23 Melbourne (AUS) 23 MAR 2006

Honours - World University Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 48.09 Beijing (CHN) 31 AUG 2001

Honours - African U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 51.03 Tunis (TUN) 23 JUL 1999

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 48.97 Durban (RSA) 17 MAR 2007
Results in:

200 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
25 JAN 2008 Secunda Yellow Pages Series RSARSA F F 1. 20.1h +0.5
01 FEB 2008 Potchefstroom Yellow Pages Series RSARSA F F2 2. 21.52 -3.5
08 FEB 2008 Durban Yellow Pages Series RSARSA F F 2. 21.25 -0.2
12 JUL 2008 Uden MONDO Keien Meeting NEDNED E F 9. 21.93 -0.7

300 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
08 JUL 2008 Sollentuna Folksam GP SWESWE D F 6. 33.76

400 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
25 JAN 2008 Secunda Yellow Pages Series RSARSA F F 1. 46.2h
01 FEB 2008 Potchefstroom Yellow Pages Series RSARSA F F1 5. 47.16
08 FEB 2008 Durban Yellow Pages Series RSARSA F F 3. 46.49
12 JUL 2008 Uden MONDO Keien Meeting NEDNED E F 1. 46.90

400 Metres Hurdles

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
22 FEB 2008 Germiston Yellow Pages Series RSARSA F F 2. 48.99
07 MAR 2008 Pretoria Yellow Pages Series RSARSA F F 2. 49.02
01 JUL 2008 Bydgoszcz European Athletics Festival POLPOL C F 4. 49.99
05 JUL 2008 Madrid Meeting de Atletismo ESPESP B F 1. 48.99
08 JUL 2008 Sollentuna Folksam GP SWESWE D F 1. 50.19
16 JUL 2008 Luzern Spitzenleichtathletik SUISUI C F2 2. 49.68
15 AUG 2008 Beijing Olympic Games CHNCHN OW H2 3. 48.92
16 AUG 2008 Beijing Olympic Games CHNCHN OW SF2 5. 49.16
05 SEP 2008 Bruxelles Memorial Van Damme BELBEL GL F 6. 49.70
07 SEP 2008 Rieti 2008 ITAITA B F 6. 52.50

4x400 Metres Relay

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
22 AUG 2008 Beijing Olympic Games CHNCHN OW H1 5. 3:01.26


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Updated 27 July 2008

Alwyn MYBURGH, South Africa (400m Hurdles) 

Born 13 October 1980, Vanderbijl Park
1.88m / 71kg 
Rainbow Athletics Club, Vereeniging
Coach: Herman Venske

At the age of 27, Alwyn Myburgh, one of numerous outstanding 400m hurdlers produced by South Africa, will compete in his third successive Olympics, confident that it will be his best.   Hailing from a truly athletics family, his parents were national senior champions and representatives of teams travelling abroad before South Africa’s isolation period from world athletics that commenced in 1976.

Mother Hybre was a versatile star, who won national titles in five events (one was at 400m Hurdles) and set 19 South African records. Together, she and her husband, Hugo, a 50.04 hurdler in 1974, won 17 national championship crowns.  

Known for his sharp sense of humour, Myburgh married in November 2007. His wife, Aneldia, is a former versatile athlete, whose events included 400m Hurdles, and he is busily engaged in legal studies, on a four-year course from the University of South Africa. The oldest of three children, Myburgh’s sister, Heleneze, was a provincial athlete.                   

The 2000 Sydney OIympics provided Myburgh’s first real taste of global athletics. Only 19 at the time, he reached the Semi-Finals and gained valuable experience. In 2001, he repeated his achievement at the World Championships, in Edmonton, before travelling to Beijing, where he won gold at the World Student Games. Clocking 48.09, he finished the year seventh on the world best performances list and the time remains his personal best. His previous best had stood at 48.90, achieved in February of the same year, so it was a vast improvement (by 0.81).

The years 2002 and 2003 were frustrating for Myburgh. He started 2002 well in South African meetings with a fastest time of 48.39 and three more sub-49sec clockings. However, injuries ruled him out of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and the African Championships in Tunisia.  He was back in 2003 with a fastest time of 48.61 in Poznan, Poland, before reaching the Semi-Finals of the World Championships in Paris/Saint-Denis, France. He was also a member of the South Africa 4x400m team but further bad luck followed and he missed the 9th All Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria.               

A finalist in the 2004 Athens Olympics (7th in 49.07 after 48.21 in Semis), and a silver medallist in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games (48.23), Myburgh regards these two championships, together with his 2001 victory in Beijing, as the highlights of his career. A variety of injuries over the years curtailed his progress and had a major impact on his record. He pulled up in the opening round of the 2007 World Championships in Osaka and so far in 2008 featured in only a few races with a fastest of 48.99 that was achieved twice.      

Myburgh’s coach, former sprinter Herman Venske, believes in intensive speed training and the athlete ran a variety of sprints this year before another injury ruled him out of the national championships as well as the African Championships, in Addis Ababa. Victory in the Madrid Grand Prix on 5 July boosted his confidence for the Olympic Games where he will run in the hurdles and possibly also in the 4 x 400m.        


Personal Bests

400m Hurdles:  48.09 (2001)
400m: 46.28 (2004)


Yearly Progression

400m Hurdles: 1998 - 52.48; 1999 - 50.15; 2000 - 49.07; 2001 - 48.09; 2002 - 48.39; 2003 - 48.61; 2004 - 48.21; 2005 - 48.75; 2006 - 48.23; 2007 - 48.64; 2008 - 48.99.


Career Highlights
     
1999  1st African Junior Championships  
2000              S/F Olympic Games  
2001              1st       World Student Games 
2001              S/F     World Championships
2003              S/F     World Championships
2004              7th      Olympic Games
2006              2nd     Commonwealth Games
2006              2nd     African Championships
2006              8th       World Athletics Final
2007              3rd      All Africa Games
2007               x       World Championships (injured in 1st round, dnf)


Prepared by Gert le Roux for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008

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