Hestrie Cloete
1978 -


Hestrie Cloete

Date of Birth: 26 AUG 1978
Date of Death:  
Place of Birth: Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa
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Gender: Female
In Summary :
Commonwealth and African High Jump Record Holder

Hestrie Cloete

Early Life:
Hestrie Cloete was born in 1978 In Germiston, Gauteng. At young age Cloete was very sporty but athletics was her passionate sport. She took athletics seriously while doing grade nine at Lichtenburg High School in the North West Province.

In 1998, age 20 Cloete was already an African champion and had taken part in the World Cup where she finished second. Between 1998 and 2003 Cloete had set three South African, thirteen African and five Commonwealth records for high jump. In 2003, President Thabo Mbeki awarded her, the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver, an award for excellence in the arts, culture, journalism and sport and was voted World Best Performer. She is the first woman high jumper to successfully defend her world championship title and the first South African woman to hold a major world title since Esther Brandt in 1952, who won gold medal at the Olympic games at Helsinki.

A family dispute over money has put some strains to her preparations for the Olympic games in Athens. Despite this setback, Cloete is still South Africa’s best bet for the gold medal having acquired the silver medal in the Sydney Olympic games in Australia.

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Hestrie Cloete: Takes High Jump Madal
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Later Life:
Cloete is married to Andries a panel beater and they stay in Coligny, North West Province. Cloete plans to retire after the Olympic games and starts a family.

- South African History Online