OLYMPIAN Louis "LJ" van Zyl has joined a star-studded Athletics South Africa team for the IAAF World Championships billed for Berlin, Germany, in August.
The talented hurdler qualified for the world event when he finished second in the 400m event at the Josef Odlozil meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, on Monday night.
His sterling display has not only built his morale going to Berlin but has also inspired him for the events building up to the world championships.
He qualified for Berlin with a time of 48,78 seconds, his best this season when he finished behind Britain's David Greene who completed the race in 48,62.
That he managed to finish ahead of quality competitors such as Periklis Iakovakis of Greece and Danny McFarlane of Jamaica proves that he has what it takes to win a medal in Berlin.
Van Zyl has joined the likes of Beijing Olympics silver medallist Khotso "Crocodile" Mokoena, sprinter Tsholofelo Thipe, javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen and long jumper Janice Josephs, who booked themselves tickets to Berlin earlier.
Sunette also had an impressive outing in Prague, finishing second behind world-renowned Barbora Spotakova with a distance of 60,99m.
"The likes of Van Zyl and Sunnette are currently preparing themselves in Europe and we will also send other athletes to do the same abroad to prepare themselves fully for Berlin," Molatelo "Lati" Malehopo, ASA's general manager, said yesterday.
He said the success of the athletes suggests that they will do South Africa proud by winning medals at the world championships.