Place of birth: Pretoria
DOB: 22 May 2000
Coach: Maritza Coetzee
400 m: 54.97 sec
400 m Hurdles: 57.94 sec
400 m: 54.97 sec, Cape Town, April’17
400 m Hurdles: 57.94 sec, Cape Town, April’17
400 m Hurdles: 1st, 58.23 sec, World U-18 Championships, Nairobi, 2017
Mixed 4x400 m: 3rd, 3:24.45sec, World U-18 Championships, Nairobi, 2017
As a youth athlete, Zeney van der Walt has already displayed the gutsy determination required to shine at international level.
In the 400m hurdles final at the 2017 World U-18 Championships, Van der Walt was well off the pace of Jamaican leader Sanique Walker at the top of the home straight, but she fought with every stride to chase her down, catching her on the line to win gold by 0.04.
She also played a key role in the mixed 4x400m relay final at the global championships, with the SA team securing the bronze medal.
At the national youth championships in Cape Town earlier in the year, Van der Walt had shown her versatility, setting personal bests to win titles in the flat 400m sprint and the one-lap hurdles. Her time of 57.94 over the barriers was just 0.03 outside the SA youth record.
Van der Walt, a pupil at Afrikaans Hoër Meisieskool in Pretoria, went on to earn the bronze medal at the SA Senior Championships in Potchefstroom, at the age of 16, establishing her place as one of the country's most promising hurdlers.