Johannesburg – South African women’s 400m hurdler Wenda Nel has recorded her personal best time in the event at the IAAF World Challenge in Beijing on Wednesday.
Nel took 0.45 seconds off her personal best for a world-leading time of 54.37 seconds to win the race.
Her performance was underlined by the dominant nature of her victory, finishing 0.85 seconds ahead of her nearest rival, Tiffany Williams of the United States.
Williams, who clocked 55.22 seconds, finished ahead of compatriots Lashinda Demus and Georganna Moline, who both ran the race in a time of 55.86 seconds.
The time edged Nel closer to the South African record, currently held by Mytle Bothma (53.74 seconds)
Only Bothma and Surita Febbraio’s (54.05 seconds) have run the discipline faster.
Meanwhile, long-jump ace Khotso Mokoena, the only other South African in the field, finished second in the triple jump.
The jump of 16.67m was 23 centimetres short of the qualifying standard for the IAAF World Championships at the same venue later this year.
The Olympic silver medallist has already met the qualifying distance in the long jump and was in a bid to book his place to the global showpiece in both events.
Cuba’s Alexis Copello won the event ahead of Mokoena with a jump measuring 16.70m with Bin Dong of China taking the bronze with 16.67m.