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World-leader Nel faces biggest hurdle of the season in Ostrava
- Updated: May 26, 2015
Wenda Nel is quietly confident that she will again perform well in the 400-metre hurdles event in Tuesday evening’s 54th Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting.
Nel’s winning time of 54.37 seconds at the IAAF World Challenge Meeting in Beijing last week is still the world-leading time for the season and her winning time of 54.90 at the SA Open Meeting in Potchefstroom is the joint third-fastest for the season.
‘I’m as ready as I can be, but I don’t want to make any bold predictions. As I have said last week, I am taking it one race at a time and my main goal is to improve little by little. To be honest, I’ll be more than happy if I can again run a time faster than 55 seconds because it will show that I am now able to consistently run good times,’ the Tuks/hpc athlete said.
Tomorrow will definitely be a major test for Nel because five of her rivals can also boast with times faster than 55 seconds in the 400-hurdles.
With her time of 52.83, the current world champion, Zuzana Hejnova (Czech Republic), will be the fastest athlete in the race.
The European Champion and silver medallist at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Eilidh Childs (Britain), will also be running. Her best time is 54.22.
The other athletes with times faster than 55 seconds are: Denisa Rosolova (Czech Republic – 54.24), Kori Carter (USA – 53.21) and Anna Titimets (Ukraine – 54.56).