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Van Zyl finds great early-season form in Tshwane
- Updated: March 18, 2014
By Mark Etheridge
WIthout jumping the gun, it looks like our leading 400-metre hurdles athlete LJ van Zyl is on track to repeat his medal-winning feats at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland later this year.
Van Zyl opened his season in style in Tshwane at the weekend with an impressive time of 49.09 secondsÔÇª his fastest time for some two and half years.
The London Olympian was competing at the Athletic Gauteng North Championships at the LC de Villiers Stadium and afterwards told Road to Rio 2016 he was in confident frame of mind.
“Yes, that was my fastest time since I won that bronze medal at World Championships in Daegu, South Korea in 2011.”
He ran a time of 48.80 on that occasion and his personal best still stands at 47.66.
He may have fallen short at the London Olympics where he failed to get past the first round but when it comes to Commonwealth he has a fine record.
“I’m very excited for this season and I just have a good feeling. I’ve got a good record at the Commonwealth, gold in Melbourne (2006) and then silver in Delhi four years ago.
“I’m racing next Tuesday in Sasolburg again and then SA’s in Pretoria next month. Then my first overseas race will only be on the Diamond League Circuit in May.”