Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
NINE SA ATHLETES SET FOR LONDON DIAMOND LEAGUE
A large nine-member South African contingent will compete at the two-day Diamond League meeting in London this weekend.
Wenda Nel, in superb form this season, is the first to line up in the women’s 400m hurdles race on Friday night.
Sprinter Anaso Jobodwana, who recently lost his national 200m record to Wayde van Niekerk, will be eager to prove he’s still the man to watch in the half-lap dash, while Elroy Gelant will hope to recover from a troubled, injury-hit season with a solid performance in the men’s 3 000m race.
On Saturday, Van Niekerk will turn out in his specialist 400m event, as he again aims to prove he is one of the favourites for the world title in Beijing next month.
Training partners Zarck Visser, the African champion, and former Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena will both compete in the long jump.
Cornel Fredericks, continuing his impressive comeback from an Achilles injury, and LJ van Zyl, who is approaching his best form for the first time in a few years, will go in the 400m hurdles race.
In-form javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen, a former World Championships bronze medallist, will close out the SA charge in the English capital as she looks to build on her confidence ahead of the global showpiece.
* The meeting will be televised live on Friday night (SuperSport 5 at 8.50pm) and on Saturday afternoon (SuperSport 7, 3.45pm)