The global track and field season came to an end in frustrating fashion for South Africa’s Wenda Nel in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday night.
According to the SASCOC website, Nel was the sole SA competitor in the final leg of the IAAF Diamond League series after a long and gruelling season.
Going off in the 400m hurdles, Nel trailed in eighth and last with a time of 56.30, as Olympic champion Daliliah Muhammad of America won in 53.89 from Czech Republic’s Zuzana Hejnova (53.93).
It’s a long way off the 54.58 season’s best she ran in Rome almost three months ago, but the Pretoria athlete took defeat squarely on the chin and is looking forward to setting things right in the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast, Australia, next year.
Speaking to Team SA, Nel says in hindsight she should have called time on her season after the recent World Championships in London.