United States based track ace Peter van der Westhuizen has raced to two second-placed finishes in the space of a week, writes Mark Etheridge.
Originally from Johannesburg but now based in Nebraska, Van der Westhuizen, ran two mile events, one on the road and one on the track at the prestigious Drake Relays event in Des Moines, Iowa.
“I finished second in both against decent fields,” Van der Westhuizen told Road to London 2012. “I clocked a 3min 58.33sec on the track and almost nipped Kenya’s Boaz Lalang (an 800m 1:42 guy) who won in 3:58.26.”
Lalang won his second consecutive men’s mile and his time was the quickest in the world this year. Van der Westhuizen, who has a 3:35.53 best 1500m time to his name, is now the second quickest over the distance this year.
The race, run at the 102nd staging of the Drake Relays, saw Lalang leading with 200m to race. Van der Westhuizen made his move around the outside but ran out of space and time to haul in Lalang.
Of his future plans, 26-year-old Van der Westhuizen said: “I’ll be running in Jamaica next and then hopefully go over to Europe to get the A standard qualifying time for World Championships in South Korea later this year.”
That A-time stands at 3:35.00 with the B standard pegged at 3:38.