Facing a tough challenge with two races in one evening, Zeney van der Walt produced mixed results on Day 3 of the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Monday.
Van der Walt, a former world U20 champion, finished fifth in her 400m hurdles heat in 55.21 seconds, progressing safely to the semifinals of her specialist event to be held on Tuesday.
Returning to the track less than three hours later, she finished eighth in her semifinal in the flat 400m event, clocking 51.54, and she was eliminated ahead of the final.
Pole vaulter Mire Reinstorf, the only other South African competing on the day in the showpiece, was unable to clear the opening height of 4.20m in her qualifying group and she missed out on a place in the final.
Schedule of SA athletes, on Day 4 (Tuesday, 22 August):
6.40pm - 100m hurdles heats, women (Marione Fourie, Taylon Bieldt)
8.25pm - 400m hurdles semifinals, women (Zeney van der Walt)
9pm - 400m semifinals, men (Wayde van Niekerk, Zakithi Nene).
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