Ockert CILLIERS

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    South Africa South Africa
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    21 APR 1981
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    175274
Ockert Cilliers runs 49.69 secs in Yellow Pages Series meeting in Potchefstroom (Mark Ouma)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
300 Metres 33.90 Brasschaat (BEL) 26 JUL 2009
400 Metres 45.80 Secunda (RSA) 06 FEB 2004
400 Metres Hurdles 48.02 Pretoria (RSA) 20 FEB 2004
4x400 Metres Relay 3:03.05 Paris (FRA) 30 AUG 2003

Latest Active Season: 2010

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
400 Metres Hurdles 51.52 Potchefstroom (RSA) 01 MAY 2010

Outdoor

300 Metres

Performance Place Date
2009 33.90 Brasschaat (BEL) 26 JUL 2009

Outdoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2009 47.46 Ankara (TUR) 23 MAY 2009
2008 47.51 Cottbus (GER) 11 JUN 2008
2007 46.62 Potchefstroom (RSA) 02 FEB 2007
2006 46.56 Athina (GRE) 03 JUL 2006
2005 46.65 Zeulenroda (GER) 29 MAY 2005
2004 45.80 Secunda (RSA) 06 FEB 2004
2003 46.46 Potchefstroom (RSA) 14 MAR 2003

Outdoor

400 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
2010 51.52 Potchefstroom (RSA) 01 MAY 2010
2009 49.79 Bursa (TUR) 10 JUN 2009
2008 49.18 Germiston (RSA) 22 FEB 2008
2007 49.22 Tshwane (RSA) 09 MAR 2007
2006 49.31 Athina (GRE) 03 JUL 2006
2005 48.93 Ostrava (CZE) 09 JUN 2005
2004 48.02 Pretoria (RSA) 20 FEB 2004
2003 48.61 Pretoria (RSA) 04 APR 2003
2002 49.30 Potchefstroom (RSA) 20 FEB 2002
2001 49.40 Potchefstroom (RSA) 24 OCT 2001
2000 50.53 Pretoria (RSA) 17 SEP 2000
1999 51.44 Germiston (RSA) 05 APR 1999

Outdoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2005 3:04.64 Helsinki (FIN) 13 AUG 2005
2003 3:03.05 Paris (FRA) 30 AUG 2003

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 400 Metres Hurdles 50.58 Santiago de Chile (CHI) 21 OCT 2000

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 400 Metres Hurdles 49.58 Brazzaville (CGO) 18 JUL 2004
4. 400 Metres Hurdles 49.93 Addis Abeba (ETH) 02 MAY 2008

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 48.23 Durban (RSA) 17 APR 2004
Results in:

400 Metres Hurdles

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
01 MAY 2010 Potchefstroom RSARSA F F 1. 51.52
29 MAY 2010 Vila Real de Santo António European Champion Clubs Cup PORPOR D F - DNF
15 AUG 2010 Ankara Turkish Clubs Super League TURTUR F F 3. 53.10


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Ockert Cilliers (SILL-yea) South Africa (400m hurdles)

Born 21 April 1981, Vanderbijlpark, Vaal Triangle, Gauteng Province, South Africa (100 km south of Johannesburg).    

1.84m/74 kg.  Lives in Potchefstroom (150 km  west of Johannesburg). 

Manager: Andy Norman.  Coach: Dr. Ria van den Berg.  Club: Mr Price North-West University Athletics Club (2004 SA Students’ Athletics Champions)

Attended school at Driehoek Hoërskool, Vanderbijlpark. Awarded B Comm degree in Business Administration and an honours degree in Marketing from Potchefstroom University, recently renamed North-West University.

Athletics career started in 1996 at school, where he also played rugby. The rugby coach forced all his players to take part in athletics as well. Ockert chose 200m and 300m hurdles, and hurdling quickly became his primary interest.

Made his debut at national championship level in 1997 when he was eliminated in the semi-final of the 300m hurdles. Reached first career highlight the next year by winning the national Under 18 300m hurdles title, setting a new national record of 37.10 sec.       

Won bronze at 1999 SA Junior championships with a time of 51.44. A year later he took silver in 51.00 behind Ter de Villiers. Lowered his personal best to 50.53 sec for seventh place on the RSA year list. Selected for World Junior Championships in Chile and clocked 50.58 for 3rd behind Poland’s Plawgo and compatriot De Villiers.  

Dipped under 50 seconds in 2001 but failed to qualify for SA Championship final and ended the year with a best of 49.40. In 2002 improved to 49.30, won SA Under-23 title (49.92) and finished 6th at national championships.

Three sub-49 clockings followed in 2003 with best of 48.61. Placed 4th at national championships (50.00), 2nd in B race at Zurich GL (48.88). Selected for World Championships team, but eliminated in Paris semi-final (49.32).

Came into his own in 2004, reeling off times of 48.47 in Potchefstroom, 48.02 in Pretoria, 48.23 to win the National Championships/Olympic trials in Durban (topping five other sub-50 hurdlers, including Llewellyn Herbert and Alwyn Myburgh). Recently finished 3rd in the African Championships in Brazzaville (49.58).

His early season PB 48.02—“it came as a major surprise when I saw the time on the board”—is still fourth fastest in 2004 and Cilliers expects to be at his very best in Athens.                

Yearly progression 400m H/ 400m:  1999 - 51.44;  2000 - 50.53;  2001 - 49.40;  2002 - 49.30/ 47.20;  2003 - 48.61/ 46.41;  2004 - 48.02/ 45.80.

Prepared by Gert le Roux  for the IAAF "Focus on Africans" project. Copyright IAAF 2004.

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