LJ van Zyl’s bank manager will be a happy man as a healthy R200,000 found its way into the national 400 metres hurdles record-holder account this week.
That was reward for finishing top in the Yellow Pages Pot of Gold incentive campaign, which took place during the 2011 Athletics SA track and field season. The campaign saw a R200,000 incentive to be shared among athletes breaking SA senior track and field records at Yellow Pages sponsored events in the 2011 summer season.
Van Zyl, set a national senior record time of 47.66 secs in the 400 metres hurdles at the Yellow Pages Series 02 meeting held in Tshwane in February, bettering the previous national senior best of 47.81 set by Llewellyn Herbert. He was the only person to improve on an SA record in this period.
ÔÇ£I have good memories of that race in Tshwane and am grateful to Yellow Pages for putting together an exciting campaign which inspires the athletes to strive for national best in front of our home athletics fans,ÔÇØ said van Zyl who had jetted in from New York on the day of the cheque presentation. He suffered his first defeat of the season at the adidas Grand Prix in the Big Apple.
ÔÇ£I plan on using the money to pay off my home bond and to buy some cows for my father’s farm in Molteno (in the Eastern Cape).ÔÇØ Van Zyl already has an impressive collection of bonsmara cattle.
Van Zyl returned to SA fresh from having equalled his national senior best time at a track and field meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic on May 31. He also clocked a brisk 47.91 prior to that at a Diamond League meeting in Rome, Italy.
ÔÇ£I am pleased with my form and will be returning to Europe in search of more fast times when I compete at the Diamond League meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland (June 30) and Birmingham, England (July 10),ÔÇØ he added.