Juniors Continue to Show Future Promise
of theWorld's top Junior Hurdlers from the 2002 season,
have already shown that they are looking to develop
into seroiuys contenders on the senior scene as the
early 2003 season starts to unfold in the USA, South
Africa and China.
top three from the Jamaican 400H u20 men's final have
already run low 49 seconds in 2003, with Champion Louis
van Zyl [South Africa] clocking 49.22 for 3rd in Durban,
whilst the two American medalists [Bershawn Jackson
and Kenneth Fergusson] both clocked 49.29 to win separate
meets in Collegiate meets on the same day.
van Zyl and Fergusson are juniors again this year, although
only the South african sensation will hve the opportunity
to defend his World Junior title in 2004
the men's sprint hurdles side China's Liu Xiang who
set a world junior record last year with 13.11, is already
up to speed setting a world leading 13.21 to take his
national title, whilst in second place Shi Dongpeng
clocked 13.57 for the best time by a junior in 2003.
Zyl's performance is just a part of an extremely strong
men's event in South Africa. Even discounting 2000 Olympic
bronze medallist Llewllyn Herbert [47.81pb] World Universide
Champion Alywn Myburgh who took the 2001 crown in 48.09
and Martin Wilhelmse who also dipped below 49 seconds
in the same Bejing final, none of whom have yet found
that level of form, van Zyl still only lies 3rd on the
2003 South African lists, [though 4th in the World at
this early stage] behind Ockert Czillers who has twice
run below 49 seconds including a World leading 48.61A
in Pretoria and Marnus Kritzinger whose 48.92 at sea
level in Durban was fractionally behind Jamaican Ian
Weeklys winning and non altitude world best time.
Surita Febbario having run an altitude assisted 54.05
to put her at least in sight of Austarlian Jana Pitmann's
stunning early season form, the South Africans must
be hoping for a strong showing in Paris and Daegu later
in the summer.