Johannesburg - South African athletes Anaso
Jobodwana, Wenda Nel and LJ van Zyl produced silver-medal winning performances
in their respective events at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne,
Switzerland on Thursday evening.
Coming through the bend, South African 200m
record holder Jobodwana stepped up a gear in the half-lap sprint to cross the
line in second place behind Britain’s Zharnel Hughes with a time of 20.21
Hughes clocked a personal best time of
20.13s with Isiah Young of the United States finishing in third place with
The South African speedster's second place
launched him to the top of the Diamond League 200m standings with the six
points he has accumulated so far this season.
Jobodwana has been in sensational form this
season after improving the national 200m record twice in May and threatening to
break through the 20-second barrier.
The Olympic finalist broke the record in
the Cayman Islands in early May when he posted a time of 20.06s to see off
Morne Nagel’s previous mark of 20.11s from 2002.
Two weeks later he improved on his time at
the Diamond League meeting in Eugene, United States clocking 20.04s to get
close to a sub-20 second race.
Nel demonstrated on Thursday that she had
no reason to fear her more esteemed competitors.
The 26-year-old produced a determined run
as she pushed on coming through the final bend to comfortably hold on to second
place clocking 55.78s.
Danish athlete Sara Petersen beat her to
the line posting a time of 55.01s as Lauren Wells of Australia took third in
Nel has been a model of consistency
producing low 55-second races this season with a personal best of 54.37s she
clocked at the IAAF World Challenge in Beijing in May.
South African 400m hurdles record holder Van
Zyl surged towards the end of the race from the outside lane to run his second
sub-49 second race of the season.
The United States’ Bershawn Jackson claimed
first place in a time of 48.71s with Van Zyl posting a time of 48.92s as Denis
Kudryavtsev of Russia crossed the line third in 49.01s.
This was Van Zyl’s second Diamond League
silver medal after his 48.78s run at the New York meet last month.
Meanwhile, distance runner Elroy Gelant
finished in 17th place in the men’s 5000m with a time 14:04.71.