SA’s Van Zyl trumps top guns in Rome

2011-05-28 00:00

L.J. VAN ZYL overhauled some of the top 400 m hurdle names in the third Samsung Diamond League in Rome on Thursday.

Van Zyl has been in devastating form this season following his South African record performance in Pretoria in February.

Accounting for Olympic silver medalist Kerron Clement in the first 200 m, Van Zyl then passed two-time Olympic Champion Angelo Taylor and held off a late challenge from David Greene with a kick from 30 metres out to cross the line in 47.91 seconds.

Greene was second in 48.24 and Taylor third in 48.66 seconds.

Although boxed in on the final bend, Mbauleni Mulaudzi recovered well to chase surprise winner Khadevis Robinson in the 800 m.

Robinson broke clear of the pack in the final 120 m, while Mulaudzi fought his way around the pack to finish in 1:45.50 just 0,41 seconds adrift of the American.

The South African flies off to Dakar for the IAAF World Challenge Series Meeting on May 28.

Having already qualified for the World Championships, courtesy of being the defending champion, Mulaudzi is looking to race himself into the shape that saw him win the title in 2009.

Sunette Viljoen finished sixth in the women’s javelin throw with a season best of 60,61 metres.

Mariya Abakumova won the competition in a World Leading 65,40 m ahead of Germany’s Christina Obergfoll (63,97 m).

 

800 Metres

Men: 1 Robinson, Khadevis USA 1:45.09 - 4. 2 Mulaudzi, Mbulaeni RSA 1:45.50 - 2. 3 Al-Azemi, Mohammad KUW 1:45.52 - 1

400 Metres Hurdles

Men: 1 Van Zyl, L.J. RSA 47.91 - 4. 2 Greene, David GBR 48.24 - 2. 3 Taylor, Angelo USA 48.66 - 1

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