Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SA TRIO SHINE AT LAUSANNE DIAMOND LEAGUE
Three South African athletes secured second spot on the podiums of their respective events on Thursday night, producing a solid all-round performance at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Sprinter Anaso Jobodwana worked hard against a world-class field down the home straight to snatch second place in the men’s 200m race in 20.21, climbing two points clear in the overall Diamond League race in his specialist discipline.
British athlete Zharnel Hughes was the only man in the field to hold off the charging South African, as he won in 20.13.
In the men’s 400m hurdles, LJ van Zyl also produced a late surge from lane eight to cross the line in 48.92, just 0.14 outside his season’s best.
Former world champion Bershawn Jackson of the United States secured victory in 48.71.
Fellow one-lap hurdler Wenda Nel was equally impressive in the women’s event, also securing second place.
The Tuks star covered the distance over the barriers in 55.78, with in-form Danish athlete Sara Petersen winning in 55.01.
Elroy Gelant, facing a quality line-up, started well in the men’s 5 000m race but he was involved in a tangle at the back of the main group midway through the race and he slipped off the pace.
Clearly experiencing trouble, he gradually fell further behind, though he was able to finish, eventually ending 17th in 14:04.71.
Race favourite Mo Farah of Great Britain edged Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia to secure victory in 13:11.77.