Cape Town – South Africa’s in-form athletes Wenda Nel and
Dominique Scott-Efurd are looking to shift gears again on Thursday night when
they compete at the fourth leg of the IAAF Diamond League series in Rome,
Nel is the second fastest woman this
year in the 400m hurdles field, after clocking 54.66 at a European Permit
Meeting in Prague on Monday to qualify for the IAAF World Championships in
London in August.
Of the eight other women in the start
list, only world champion Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic, who clocked
54.50 in Eugene a couple of weeks ago, has run faster than the African champion
The line-up, however, also features
European champion Sara Petersen of Denmark and Commonwealth Games bronze
medallist Janieve Russell of Jamaica.
Nel will face a very strong challenge for
a podium place.
Scott-Efurd, meanwhile, will go in
search of the World Championships B-standard qualifying mark of 15.22.00 in the
5 000m event, after narrowly missing out with a personal best of 15:24.60 in
California last month.
The field is spearheaded by Ethiopian
athlete Genzebe Dibaba, the 1 500m world record holder, and Olympic silver
medallist Hellin Obiri of Kenya.
Schedule of the
SA athletes in Rome:
20:03 – Wenda Nel (400m Hurdles)
21:40 – Dominique Scott-Efurd (5 000m)