4 SA Athletes at Zagreb World Challenge

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The international track and field season is coming to an end but there is one more World Challenge remaining tonight (29 August) in Zagreb and on the 1st of September will be the Diamond League Final in Brussels to wrap-up the season. SA will be represented by 4 athletes in Zagreb lead by Carina Horn who is set to run in the women’s 100m, Pieter Conradie will be running in the 400m for men, Khotso Mokoena will be participating in the Long Jump for men and LJ van Zyl running in the 400m Hurdles for men.


It has been a long season for the South African athletes which is made even more challenging by the national Championships being held in April, but they will be looking to wrap up the season on a high. All 4 of the SA athletes in the line-up in Zagreb clocked their SB (season best) performances earlier in the year at the national championship in Potchefstroom or shortly after at competitions in Europe. 


Horn set a SB of 11.10 in Potchefstroom on her opening competition and there season was set out to be a fruitful one but her unfortunate travelling nightmare in the Europe season saw her miss out on numerous opportunities to clock fast times. She made it to the semi-final in London in the 100m which was one of the toughest events of the championships with the ladies standard higher than that of their male counterparts. 


Conradie has had a breakthrough season in the 400m running his SB and personal best time in Potchefstroom clocking 45.15 seconds to win the 400m at the SA Championships. He went on to win numerous races in Europe before making his debut in the Diamond League circuit. He was also included in the team to the World Championships in London was unable to advance to the semi-finals after running in his heat. He will be looking to end his season with the sort of form he was in earlier in the season.


Khotso Mokoena started his season off in fine form whilst competing in the indoor circuit in Europe. He added to this form with a fine SB of 8.19m in May whilst competing in Germany. Mokoena missed out on the World Championships in London but he will be looking to show the form that has had him as one of the best long jumpers in the world.


LJ van Zyl like Mokoena also missed out on the World Championships but spend that time preparing for races to close of him international season. His SB was set in April in Pretoria when he clocked 49.29 seconds in the 400m Hurdles. Van Zyl went on to have a great run of diamond league races where he finished in podium positions numerous times. He will have his sights on ending the season off on a high note as the season comes to an ending.


Tune in tonight to see how these athletes will close off their season’s with live action on SS8 at 18:40



Written by Black Legend