Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
VAN ZYL EQUALS 200M HURDLES WORLD BEST
Former World Championships bronze medallist LJ van Zyl got his international campaign off to a cracking start on Saturday, equalling the 200m hurdles world best at the Great City Games in Manchester.
Van Zyl crossed the line in 22.10 seconds, matching British athlete Andy Turner’s performance on a straight track over the rarely run distance in Manchester four years ago.
American Ray Stewart ended second, well behind the South African, in 22.85, with double Olympic champion Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic grabbing third spot in 23.08.
“Just being in the same race as Felix Sanchez inspired me,” Van Zyl said.
“It gave me goosebumps on the start line, lining up alongside him.”
Van Zyl has produced solid early-season form, clocking 49.26 seconds in his specialist 400m hurdles event in Sasolburg in March and setting a new 200m personal best of 20.71 in Pretoria the next day.
He has already achieved the qualifying time of 49.50 for the World Championships in Beijing in August, as he aims to make a comeback after struggling to reach his best form in recent seasons.