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Van Zyl looking to get back on track in 2013

By Mark Etheridge

Newly qualified with a degree in education, our top one-lap hurdles athlete is hoping to learn some lessons from a disappointing Olympics year in 2012.

LJ van Zyl battled with injuries in the build up to the London Olympics and ended up crashing out in the first round of the 400-metre hurdles, as did his SA hurdles counterpart Cornel Fredericks.

“Yes training’s going pretty well now,” Van Zyl told Road to Rio 2016 this week. “At least there are no more injuries now and if I can keep it that way then I’m sure I’ll have a good year.”

Understandably after the lows of London and then recovery from injury and then the festive season, Van Zyl is not anywhere near top shape. “I’m nice and quick but not very fit yet so I’m working on that right now.”

Van Zyl already has his eyes on the Samsung Diamond League series. “I’m hoping to do the first two meetings in Doha and New York but I won’t start racing before I’m in a good 48-sec shape.
Then I’ve also got the┬á SA Students 200/400 to sharpen me up for the Diamond Leagues. That’s six races in two days, plus the 4x400m for Tukkies.”

As usual, Pretoria based Van Zyl was also upbeat about his rapidly expanding herd of cattle at the family farm back in Molteno. “That’s going well. I got great calves in December and also a very good bloodline Bonsmara bull so I’m looking forward to the next calving season ÔÇô when I’m probably away in Moscow for the World Track Championships!”

After getting his degree in education what’s next on the work front. “Well I’ve done all the theory but I think I’ll only start ‘working’ when I’m old!

“For now I’m just training hard and I really want another season like 2011.”

For the record, that was a stellar year for him as he ended the year as the world’s fastest one-lap hurdler, running 47.66 on two occasions and also taking the bronze medal at World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.