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Flying Van Zyl equals world record in Manchester
- Updated: May 9, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Two-time Olympian LJ van Zyl is looking on track for a third after another impressive early-season victory in Manchester, England on Saturday.
The 2006 Commonwealth champion not only won the 200-metre hurdles event at the Great CityGames event but he equalled the world record for this event.
The Tuks/hpc 400m hurdles expert ran a time of 22.10 seconds.
‘It was great fun,’ he told Road to Rio 2016 just after his event. And to win a world record! Now I know I’m really in form but obviously the big test will be in Doha next week for the first Diamond League.
‘After I was in the lead after the second hurdle I knew the race was mine, they won’t just catch me from behind and that gave me such self confidence.’
He now holds the joint world record with Britain’s Andy Turner and he is full of praise for new coach Irma Reyneke, herself a former Springbok 400m hurdles runner and still in the SA top 15 listings 26 years after her own personal best.
‘She’s doing something right with me! On Tuesday I threw up after after a training session at LC de Villiers stadium which had everyone’s eyes wide open! She works a lot with the mental aspect and is getting my self-belief back. That’s the big difference this season I think.’
Will he celebrate the world record on Saturday evening with a nice meaty steak. ‘I really want to but this damn British pound/Rand exchange makes it difficult.’
Van Zyl now heads for Doha on Sunday evening where he’ll prepare with minimum distraction ahead of Diamond League action.