Hestrie Cloete

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Hestrie Cloete
Personal information
Nationality  South African
Born (1978-08-26) 26 August 1978 (age 36)
Germiston, South Africa
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb; 10 st 10 lb)
Sport
Sport Track and field
Event(s) High jump
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) HJ: 2.06 (Saint-Denis 2003)
Updated on 14 November 2013.

Hestrie Cloete-Storbeck (born 26 August 1978) is a former, highly successful South African high jumper. Her foremost achievements were winning two world championships and two silver medals at Olympic Games.

Career[edit]

Cloete was discovered at an age of 13 by her long-time coach Martin Marx, and trained at the Lichtenburg High School early in her career. She was quickly found to have a very strong will, which had given other coaches trouble coaching her. Hestrie Cloete had always put a great significance in maintaining a strong mind, and explained that she finds much of that strength in her faith. In 2003, she was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver (OIS) by South African president Thabo Mbeki for excellence in her sports performances.

Cloete had somewhat unusual habits, as she was known to smoke about a pack of cigarettes a day, and has also stated she loved fast food. In an attempt to focus before every jump, Cloete characteristically did spin her index fingers around each other, leaned sideways with her upper body and visualized every step of her attempt.

Cloete retired after the 2004 Summer Olympics to focus on her family.

Achievements[edit]

Hestrie's awarded international achievements follow below. She achieved her high jump personal best of 2.06 m on 31 August 2003, when winning the gold medal under the World Championships in Paris (African record, as of Mai 2011)

Championship Year Height Medal
Olympic Games 2004 2.02 m Silver
2000 2.01 m Silver
World Championships in Athletics 2003 2.06 m Gold
2001 2.00 m Gold
World Cup in Athletics 1998 1.96 m (Alture) Silver
2002 2.02 m Gold
Commonwealth Games 2002 1.96 m Gold
African Championships in Athletics 2004 1.95 m Gold
2002 1.95 m Gold
1998 1.92 m Gold
All-Africa Games 1999 1.96 m Gold
1995 1.85 m Gold

Personal life[edit]

Cloete grew up under her maiden name Storbeck in the small railway town of Coligny with her mother Martie and father Willem. She divorced her first husband in 2004 and married Afrikaans singer Jurie Els in 2007, gave birth to a daughter and moved to New Zealand late in 2007.[1]

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Awards
Preceded by
United Kingdom Paula Radcliffe
Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Year
2003
Succeeded by
Russia Yelena Isinbayeva
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bulgaria Venelina Veneva
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
1999
Succeeded by
Romania Monica Iagăr
Preceded by
Sweden Kajsa Bergqvist
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
alongside Sweden Kajsa Bergqvist

2003
Succeeded by
Russia Yelena Slesarenko