Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SA TRIO GEAR UP FOR SHANGHAI DIAMOND LEAGUE
The country’s elite stars will look to make another impact in the early stages of the international season, with three SA athletes included in the start lists for the second leg of the Diamond League series in Shanghai on Saturday.
After in-form 800m runner Caster Semenya and national javelin throw record holder Sunette Viljoen led a powerful contingent by securing victories at the opening meeting of the top-flight campaign in Doha last week, South Africa will again be well represented at the Chinese leg.
National champion Ruswahl Samaai enters the men’s long jump as one of the favourites, after producing a leap of 8.34m in Stellenbosch last month, climbing to the top of the 2016 world rankings.
He faces a line-up which includes American Jeff Henderson and Australian Fabrice Lapierre, who have also displayed fine form this season.
Former World Championships bronze medallist LJ van Zyl goes in the men’s 400m hurdles contest which also includes world champion Nicholas Bett of Kenya and American duo Michael Tinsley and Kerron Clement.
In the men’s 800m race, Rynardt van Rensburg will hope to take advantage of the opportunity as he makes his Diamond League debut.
The middle-distance specialist, who has already achieved the qualifying standard for the Rio Olympics will turn out against 11 other men who have all run faster than his 1:45.40 personal best in their careers, spearheaded by Kenyan world record holder David Rudisha.
The meeting will be broadcast live from 1pm on SuperSport 9.
Schedule of SA athletes, Shanghai Diamond League (SA times):
1.04pm – LJ van Zyl (400m hurdles)
1.40pm – Ruswahl Samaai (men’s long jump)
1.43pm – Rynardt van Rensburg (men’s 800m)