Cape Town - National record holder Antonio Alkana continued to build on his impressive form on Thursday night, charging to a podium place at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome, Italy.
Alkana, the only SA athlete competing at the fourth leg of the international series, dipped on the line to take third position in the men's 110m hurdles race in 13.30 seconds.
Though he narrowly missed out on the win, finishing just 0.04 behind former world champion Sergey Shubenkov (competing as a neutral athlete), Alkana clipped 0.07 off his season best.
The fifth leg of the IAAF Diamond League series will be held in Oslo, Norway on June 16.
"Congratulations for Alkana, his coach and support staff for the achievement. It points to hard work and the result is well deserved. It will boost his confidence as he gets more invitations from the series," said Aleck Skhosana, the president of Athletics South Africa.