HAROUN, VAN ZYL STEAL THE SHOW

 
Updated: March 20, 2015

Teenage sprinter Abdalleleh Haroun of Qatar and one-lap hurdler LJ van Zyl produced the standout performances of the Sasol NWU Prestige track and field meeting in Sasolburg on Thursday night.
Haroun, who became an overnight sensation when he clocked 45.39 seconds at an indoor meeting in Stockholm last month, won the men’s 400m race in 44.68.
The 17-year-old speedster crossed the line more than a full second ahead of Botswana’s Leaname Maotoanong.
Van Zyl, meanwhile, set a season’s best of 49.26 to continue his fine early form in the 400m hurdles, with training partner Wouter le Roux taking second place in 49.99.
Elsewhere at the Sasolburg meeting, Commonwealth champion Khotso Mokoena opened his season with a solid 16.73m leap in the triple jump, well clear of Namibian Roger Haitengi (16.12m), the African Championships bronze medallist.
Polish athlete Piotr Lisek, the European Indoor Championships bronze medallist, comfortably won his specialist event with a 5.50m effort, while Czech athlete Jakub Vadlejch launched an 83.07m attempt to win the men’s javelin throw.
In other field events, Jaco Engelbrecht secured victory in the shot put with a respectable 19.46m heave, and veteran hammer thrower Chris Harmse, aiming for his 20th consecutive national title in Stellenbosch next month, proved he would again be the main contender at the SA Championships by winning with a 71.38m attempt.
On the track, Lydia Jele of Botswana coasted to a convincing victory in the women’s 400m race in 52.98 seconds, with former world 800m champion Caster Semenya ending fourth in her first race of the season in 56.92.
Fellow two-lap specialist Andre Olivier also opened his campaign in the 400m event, winning the men’s B race in 46.96.