Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
NEL SET FOR BEIJING WORLD CHALLENGE
After producing superb form on the domestic circuit, 400m hurdler Wenda Nel is eager to get her international campaign under way at the World Challenge meeting in Beijing on Wednesday.
“I see Beijing as an opener to the rest of the international season,” Nel said on Wednesday morning.
“I want to compete against the world’s best.”
The 26-year-old African champion clocked personal bests over 100m (11.80 seconds), 200m (23.55) and 400m (52.09) during the SA campaign.
She also clocked 54.90 in her specialist event at the SA Open Championships in Potchefstroom earlier this month, just 0.08 outside her career record.
While she was in the best shape of her life, Nel said she felt no additional pressure for the rest of the year.
“I’m feeling confident and excited for the rest of the season.
“There will always be nerves for any race, but I am enjoying my athletics and it is a great privilege to be competing on the international circuit.”
Khotso Mokoena, who turns out in the men’s triple jump, is the only other South African competing at the Beijing World Challenge.
The meeting will be broadcast live at 2pm on SuperSport 5.