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SA duo on song
- Updated: May 31, 2009
South African athletes Juan van Deventer and Peter van der Westhuizen both qualified for the World Athletics Championships in Berlin in August with personal best 1 500m times at an IAAF Grand Prix meeting in New York┬á this weekend.
Van Deventer, 26, and Van der Westhuizen, 24, finished second and fourth respectively as they returned times of┬á 3min 34.30
sec and 3 min 35.33 sec.
The winner was United States athlete Leonel Manzana (3:34.14) who only just managed to hold off the tall Van Deventer who was seventh in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The South Africans were separated by Ethiopia’s Henoh Legesse of Ethiopia (3:34.42).
Van Deventer improved his time to fourth place on the SA All Time list but Van der Westhuizen rocketed up from 13th to 5th.
He is enjoying a sensational season and has his improved his fastest time since the beginning of the year (3:41.17) by almost eight seconds.
The IAAF A standard for Berlin is 3min 36.20sec. Incidentally both these two athletes were beaten by Johan Cronje at the 2009 SA Championships in Stellenbosch earlier this year.