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By unknown | Jul 31, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

South African hurdler Louis van Zyl's recent performance in Europe has proved that his high work rate is paying off and signs are that the 23-year-old will not disappoint at the Beijing Olympics next month.

"LJ", as Van Zyl is widely known in athletics, is part of a three-member team South Africans will be hoping will shine in the Olympics in the 400m hurdles.

The other two are Alwyn Myburg and Pieter de Villiers.

Ockert Cilliers will not make it to Beijing despite the fact that he qualified for the Olympics.

Cilliers' time of 49,18 seconds is slower than those of the other three athletes.

Van Zyl's qualification time of 48,22 is the fastest in the South African team. De Villiers recorded 48,71 and Myburg clocked 48,99.

The IAAF A-qualifying standard for the Olympics is 49,20.

The Pretoria hurdler, who reached the semifinals at the World Championships in Japan last year, returned home two weeks ago after a storming performance in Europe earlier this month.

He recorded the third fastest time in the world this year when he clocked 48,07 in Paris.

He was also impressive in Athens and Italy were he clocked 48,22 and 48,34.

"I have competed in the three races in seven days and managed to do well.

"This has made me a better athlete and I'm looking forward to making a good debut in the Olympics," said Van Zyl, who is training at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria.

"This will be good for me in Beijing because I will be able to run my races in a short space of time."

Their event starts on August 15 and the held three days later.

lMcelwa Nchabeleng will cover the Olympics, which will be held from August 8 to 24.


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