SA athletes show good form in Europe

Updated: July 9, 2017

​Wenda Nel was in fine form on Sunday, taking third position in the women’s 400m hurdles race at the Diamond League meeting in London.
The African champion completed the contest in 54.73, dipping under 55 seconds for the third time this year, with Janieve Russell of Jamaica securing victory in 54.02.
Elsewhere, a number of other SA athletes delivered impressive performances on the European circuit over the weekend.
Carina Horn won the women’s 100m sprint in 11.05 at the European Classic Permit meeting in Sotteville, clocking the fastest time of her career, though the SA record holder was aided by a +2.6m/s wind.
On the infield, Zarck Visser again sailed over the eight-metre mark, winning the men’s long jump with a leap of 8.07m.
In Kortrijk on Saturday, Justine Palframan won the women’s 200m race in a personal best of 22.84 and secured victory in the 400m event in 52.47. Showing consistent form, the World Student Games one-lap champion had clocked a 400m season’s best of 52.30 in Celle Ligure three days earlier.
Palframan went on to win the 200m event at the Brussels Grand Prix on Sunday in 23.07.
Lebakeng Sesele was triumphant in the men’s 200m race in Kortrijk, achieving a personal best of 20.27 seconds, becoming the sixth athlete to dip under the ASA A-standard qualifying time in the half-lap dash for the World Championships in London next month.
He also finished second in the men’s 100m race in 10.20, with the benefit of a +3.2m/s tailwind.
Gena Lofstrand continued her breakthrough international campaign, setting another personal best to win the women’s 800m race in 2:02.05, edging out Winnie Nanyondo of Uganda by 0.01 in a late sprint.
In other events at the Brussels Grand Prix, junior athlete George Kusche won the men’s 800m race in 1:47.98, and Jerry Motsau clocked 3:38.11 to finish fourth in the men’s 1 500m contest, achieving his fastest time in nearly three years.
Making his comeback from an anti-doping ban, Victor Hogan won the men’s discus throw with a 62.69m heave to secure victory by more than 12 metres.
Hogan had been suspended from competition in May last year but filed an appeal after he claimed a supplement he took had been contaminated with a banned substance.