Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
‘MY RHYTHM WASN’T GOOD': VAN ZYL
LJ van Zyl admitted he was not at his best on Friday night, after settling for sixth place in the men’s 400m hurdles at the Diamond League series opener in Doha.
While Bershawn Jackson of the United States pulled away for a comfortable victory in 48.09 seconds, Van Zyl was locked in a blanket sprint for the remaining podium places, led by World Championships silver medallist Javier Culson of Puerto Rico.
He lost ground in the closing stages, however, to finish the race in 49.52.
“I was able to stay with Culson until the last hurdle but my rhythm wasn’t good,” Van Zyl said.
The SA record holder and former Commonwealth champion confirmed he would compete again at a European permit meeting in Prague on June 8.
Meanwhile, a trio of South Africans were set to compete at the Diamond League meeting in Shanghai on Sunday.
Former Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena (long jump), World Championships finalist Victor Hogan (discus throw) and African record holder Sunette Viljoen (javelin throw) were all in the start lists for the second of 14 legs in the top-flight campaign.
The Shanghai meeting will be broadcast live at 1pm on SuperSport 9.