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Van Zyl shines at national trials and rankings

London Olympian Jacques van Zyl has successfully negotiated his way into contention for a place on Team South Africa at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, writes Mark Etheridge.

Van Zyl was one of many fighters engaged in last week’s national trials and ranking rounds in Pretoria.

“It went well,” said the Pretoria-based fighter. “I won both the national trials and rankings,” he told Road to Rio 2016. “I only had one fight on Friday but then on Saturday I won four fights.”

“Some of the juniors came and fought in the senior division so it was actually great to fight against the youngsters and see how they fight. Siyabulela Mabulu [who did well at last year’s World Champs] also fought and won.”

Next up for our star judoka will be African Championships. “They are actually later than normal this year, only in June but great preparation for Commonwealth Games. But I think I’ll try and find an overseas competition to go and compete at in April.”

SASCOC has the final decision in terms of final numbers on Team South Africa but Van Zyl reckons that around four of our judoka would stand a good chance of doing well and winning medals.”

Other trials results from Pretoria:
DJ Le Grange (-60kg),  Gert Gouws (-81kg), Zack Piontek (-90kg), Johan Duckworth (-100kg) and Ruan-Tobie Snyman (100+).


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