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LJ bides his time after Doha

“My time will come!” That was Commonwealth 400-metre hurdles champion LJ Van Zyl’s summing up of his opening Diamond League track and field meeting in Doha on Friday.

Van Zyl took third in a time of 49.59 seconds, behind US aces Bershawn Jackson (48.66) and Kerron Clement.

“I guess it went OK,” said Van Zyl. “My second bend hurdle was bad but my good finish saved me. So, as I say, my time will come.

“My next race will be in Oslo, Norway on June 4 and then I’m hoping to go to New York on 12 June.

Coach Hennie Kotze was also not displeased with his charge’s run. “LJ said the wind was very strong at times and he had to change his stride pattern at least twice during the race until he got back on to his dominant leg during the final stages.

“We would have liked to have gone sub 49-seconds but under the circumstances it was a good opening to his international season.”

For now Van Zyl goes back into training mode for the next two weeks as he prepares for his next European assault.

By Mark Etheridge