Updated: May 20, 2015

Wenda Nel stormed to a new career record in her first international race of the year (photo credit: Reg Caldecott)

Building on her superb form in the domestic campaign, Wenda Nel smashed her personal best in the women’s 400m hurdles race at the World Challenge meeting in Beijing on Wednesday.
Competing in her first international race of the season, Nel took the early lead and charged away from the rest of the field down the home straight to secure a comfortable victory in 54.37 seconds, chopping 0.45 off her career record set in Marrakech last year.
The High Performance Centre athlete finished well clear of American Tiffany Williams, who took second place in 55.22, with four-time World Championships medallist Lashinda Demus ending third in 55.86.
Meanwhile, Khotso Mokoena grabbed second place in a tight contest in the men’s triple jump event.
The former Olympic long jump silver medallist produced a best leap of 16.67m and was narrowly edged by Cuban athlete Alexis Copello, who launched a 16.70m winning effort.
The fifth leg of the World Challenge series will be held in Dakar, Senegal on Saturday.