Caster Semenya Leads SA Army of 8 at Zurich Diamond League Final

Photo by AP Tim Ireland

 

There is a total of 8 South African athletes scheduled to compete at the Diamond League final in Zurich, Switzerland tonight (24 August) from 19:45. The Diamond League circuit is coming to an end with only two finals remaining on the 24th of August (tonight) as well as on the 1st of September. SA has a strong representation in Zurich and the athletes will be looking to close of their seasons with solid performances! Numerous athletes can claim the coveted Diamond League Trophy and others will be looking to close the season with a bang.

 

The Long Jump for men is the best represented event for South Africa with legendary Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena, World Championships bronze medallist Ruswahl Samaai and World Championships gold medallist Luvo Manyonga gearing up to compete in what you be a heated final.

The 400m Hurdles sees Wenda Nel and LJ van Zyl taking on the long hurdles. Nel and Van Zyl have both previous finished in podium positions and will be looking to repeat those performances in the final.

Over the flat 400m Pieter Conradie will represent the SA men in the absence of Wayde van Niekerk. Conradie flew in from Taipei where he was meant to be competing at the World Students Games to run at the Diamond League final. He will be looking to improve on the personal best time he set in Potchefstroom earlier this year.

The 100m is represented by Akani Simbine who has had a consistent Diamond League campaign with numerous top 3 finishes as well as the victory at the opening event in Doha where he beat all his main rivals. Simbine is in with a chance to win the Diamond League trophy if he can bag a victory in the Zurich leg so he definitely has a lot to gain by giving his best performance for the season in this race.

Caster Semenya will be looking to close off her already dominant Diamond League 800m campaign and 2017 season with another victory which will allow her to snatch the Diamond League Trophy from Burundian, Francine Niyonsaba who is currently in the lead. Semenya is currently undefeated in the 800m this year and this race might just have fireworks and fast times in store. Niyonsaba has run more Diamond League races this season which sees her in a favourable position but she has an inform and unstoppable Semenya to deal with to claim victory.

 

Action can be followed on SuperSport 8 (DSTV Channel 208) tonight (24 August) at 19:45

 

Written by Black Legend