Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
VAN ZYL, CONRAD HIT TOP GEAR IN OSTRAVA
Continuing his impressive comeback on Friday night, LJ van Zyl clocked his fastest time in five years in his specialist 400m hurdles discipline, while distance runner Nolene Conrad smashed her 3 000m personal best at the World Challenge meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Van Zyl covered the one-lap race over the barriers in 48.67, shattering his season’s best by 0.46 and finishing well clear of American Johnny Dutch, who finished second in 49.01.
After a solid start to the year on the domestic circuit, Van Zyl indicated he may be returning to his best form, producing his quickest time since the 2011 season when he set the SA mark of 47.66 and finished third at the World Championships in Daegu.
Conrad, making a return to the track this year after focussing on the road the last few seasons, chopped more than five seconds off her four-year-old personal best, taking sixth place in the women’s contest over seven-and-a-half laps in 9:15.56.
Ethiopian athlete Oljira Belaynesh, a former World Championships 10 000m bronze medallist, won the race in 8:38.55.