LJ wins bronze for SA

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Thursday September 1, 2011

LJ van Zyl opened South Africa’s medal account on day six of the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea, when he won bronze in the men’s 400m hurdles on Thursday.

Van Zyl clocked a time of 48.80 seconds to finish third behind David Greene, of Great Britain, who won in 48.26, followed by Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson (48.44). Felix Sanchez, of the Dominican Republic, was fourth in 48.87 with Van Zyl’s countryman, Cornel Fredericks, fifth in 49.12.

Culson went out hard over the first 200m, but Greene always looked comfortable and, coming round the final bend in third, picked off Van Zyl before reeling in the Puerto Rican.

Van Zyl still has the five fastest times of the year, with a personal best of 47.66sec. He posted on his Facebook internet profile after the race: “Bronze at WChamps. I did my best. I worked really hard for it. Tomorrow 4x400m”.

In the men’s javelin Robert Oosthuizen failed to get past the qualifying round his 73.14m only good enough for 16th in his qualifying group.

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Olympic sport since 1896

Has won the most medals (10) of any code since 1992, including Josia Thugwane’s gold in 1996. It also provided the only medal (Khotso Mokoena) from the 2008 Games. Caster Semenya’s silver in London was the only track and field medal.


The men’s 100m South African record is 10.06, set by Johan Rossouw in Johannesburg in 1988 and since equalled by Simon Magakwe in 2012.

The women’s 100m South African record is 11.06, set by Evette de Klerk at Germiston in 1990.
The fastest time by a South African in 2012 was 11.49, set by Tsholofelo Thipe.

‘When I put on this vest, I feel no pain’ – South Africa’s four-time Olympic athlete Hendrick Ramaala on the pride he takes in representing his country.


Anaso Jobodwana, Lehann Fourie, Khotso Mokoena, Willem Coertzen
Caster Semenya, Sunette Viljoen

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