Henricho Bruintjies eager to get back to his best


Though he has had to wear the bridesmaid tag for much of his career,/\r\n/
powerhouse sprinter Henricho Bruintjies remains motivated to shine in track and field's blue riband 100m event./\r\n/
In July 2015, Bruintjies smashed through the 10-second barrier, clocking 9.97 at a meeting in Switzerland to break the South African record, but he had since given up the title of 'SA's fastest man' to/\r\n/
former training partner Akani Simbine./\r\n/
And while Bruintjies also produced a superb performance to grab the silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, he again had to settle for the runner-up spot behind his compatriot./\r\n/
Bruintjies, however, had firmly established himself as one of the country's top sprinters in recent years, and he had become a key member of the national 4x100m relay squad which was targeting a medal at next year's Tokyo Olympics./\r\n/
Aiming for individual and team success when competitive sport resumed,/\r\n/
Bruintjies said this week he would be looking for consistency in the build-up to the Games./\r\n/
"My aim will be to run 10.0 nearly every time I race," he told TuksSport./\r\n/
"If I can do that I know it is only going to be a matter of time before the big breakthrough race happens."/\r\n/
Locked down by the coronavirus pandemic, Bruintjies said he was in the/\r\n/
process of launching a sideline career./\r\n/
Known for his physique, sometimes sharing images and videos of himself/\r\n/
while training on social media, the 26-year-old speedster hoped to assist others in improving their own fitness levels./\r\n/
Aware that his top-flight career as an athlete was finite, Bruintjies said his latest venture was likely to dominate his long-term focus./\r\n/
"I decided to qualify myself as a fitness instructor and I am currently doing an online course," he said./\r\n/
"My aim is to guide people to achieve the physique they have always dreamt about, or simply to be fit or even lose weight."

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