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Olympian Van Zyl fails to make it through hurdles heats

Bronze medallist at the last championships in 2011, LJ van Zyl failed to make it through the 400-metre hurdles heats at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Russia on Monday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Running the second of five heats, Van Zyl ended fifth, one place outside the automatic top-four qualifiers of each heat. His time was 50.05, still not quick enough to be one of the other four qualifiers for the next round.

His heat was won by Cuba’s Omar Cisneros in 49.87 with the fourth and final qualifying spot in that heat going to France’s Mickael Francois in 50.02.

In the previous heat fellow South African Cornel Hendricks ended fourth to go through automatically. He clocked 49.66.

Joining Van Zyl on the sidelines was PC Beneke, the third South African seventh in 51.14sec.

Van Zyl and Fredericks both exited the 400m hurdles event in the first round at last year’s Olympic Games in London.

There was also no joy for Van Zyl’s fellow hurdles teammate Anneri Ebersohn. She ended seventh in her heat in a time of 57.90, two seconds off the personal best 55.87 she ran in Potchefstroom earlier this season.

In the field events though there was good news for Team South Africa though as Victor Hogan made it into the final of the men’s discus competition. He hurled a 62.45 metre effort with his second of three throws.

That didn’t meet the automatic 65m qualification mark but was still one of the 12 best efforts of the two qualifying groups. He threw in Group A which was won by Germany’s Robert Harting (66.63m).

Hogan goes into the final as 12th best qualifier. His personal best is a 65.33 which he threw in Donnas earlier this year.