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Van Zyl smashes 11-year record

South African 400m hurdler LJ van Zyl smashed Llewellyn Herbert's 11 year record at the second Yellow Pages meeting in Pretoria on Friday night.

Van Zyl jumped out of the blocks at a breakneck speed setting a new South African 400m hurdle record in 47.66 seconds.

He improved on Herbert's record of 47.80 seconds set at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.

If no other athlete sets a new South African record at any of the remaining Yellow Pages meetings or at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Van Zyl will win the R200 000 Pot of Gold set aside by Athletics South Africa (ASA) and Yellow Pages.

Van Zyl revealed that his fear of losing against the South African champ, Cornel Fredericks, in front of his home crowd spurred him on to run a fast race.

"I didn't want to lose in front of my people and expected to run a good 48 second race," said the elated athlete.

Running this fast so early in the season means Van Zyl and his coach, Hennie Kotze, will have to revisit Van Zyl's goals for the months ahead.

"I don't know how we will approach the rest of the season. This time, however, would have been good enough to earn me a medal at the previous Olympic Games in Beijing," Van Zyl said.

Fredericks finished in slow 49.61 seconds with PC Beneke behind him 51.7.

World junior long jump champion Luvo Manyonga, fended off the challenge from former Olympic medallist James Beckford to win the long jump in an impressive 8.05 metres.

It was an excellent result for Manyonga who is participating in his first season as a senior athlete.

The 36-year old Beckford put up a good fight but his junior of sixteen years made easy pickings of the Jamaican.

World 800m champion Caster Semenya had a disappointing 1 500m race finishing in fourth place with Lebogang Phalula coming first.

Phalula was disappointed with her 4:09.08 as she expected to run a sub four minute race.

She was followed by her twin sister, Lebo Phalula in 4:21.09 and Christine Kalmer in third place in a time of 4:24.57.



1 Hitijurue Kaanjuka 10.43
2 Roscoe Engel 10.45
3 Sergio Mullins 10.47

1 Gert Swanepoel 48.58
2 Nardus Greyling 49.94
3 Sors Joubert 50.64

1 Windy Jonas 1:48.91
2 Daniel Nghipandulwa 1:49.25
3 Reinhard van Rooyen 1:49.76

1 Stephen Mokoka 3:46.26
2 Tshamano Setone 3:47.69
3 Jerry Motsau 3:48.49

3 000m:
1 Siyabonga Nkonde 8:22.30
2 Joel Mmone 8:27.80
3 Omphemetse Mothibi 8:43.73

3 000m steeple chase:
1 Ruben Ramolefe 8:43.80
2 Edwin Molepo 8:54.69
3 Sihumbuzo Seme 9:04.64

110m hurdles:
1 Lehann Fourie 3.93
2 Werner Pretorius 4.86
3 Kobus Moolman 14.94

400m hurdles:
1 LJ van Zyl 47.66 (SA record)
2 Cornel Fredericks 49.6
3 PC Beneke 51.7

1 Victor Hogan 55.06
2 Russel Tucker 52.34
3 Jaco Engelbrecht 52.34

1 Orazio Cremona 18.94
2 Roelie Potgieter 18.40,
3 Jaco Engelbrecht 17.14

Long jump:
1 Luvo Maniyonga 8.05
2 James Beckford (JAM) 7.46
3 Roger Haitengi 7.17


1 Carina Horn 11.92
2 Thandi Vilikazi 12.08
3 Cindy Stewart 12.2

100m hurdles:
1 Claudia Viljoen 14.19
2 Erika Kleynhans 14.25
3 Margit du Plessis 14.43

1 Tjipekapora Herunga 53.93
2 Sonja van der Merwe 54.78
3 Zoe Engler 55.04

1500m: 1 Lebogang Phalula 4:19.08
2 Lebo Phalula 4:21.09
3 Christine Kalmer 4:24.57

1 Rone Renneke 56.61
2 Oarabile Babolai 56.75
3 Goitseone Seleka 56.84

400m hurdles:
1 Wenda Theron 57.38
2 Jana Theron 60.13
3 Ajlix Moreillon 60.70

Pole vault:
1 Honorata Saar 3.60
2 Iko Niswikon 3.60
3 Danielle Labuschagne 3.30


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