Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SHANGE, MUNDELL CARRY SA FLAG IN DUDINCE
(Photo credit: Reg Caldecott)
Lebogang Shange continued his fine form in Dudince, Slovakia, on Saturday, becoming the first South African to win an IAAF Race Walking Challenge event, while Marc Mundell qualified for the World Championships.
Shange won the 20km race in 1:22:44, just 54 seconds outside the SA record he set last week, with second-placed Brazilian Andres Choche crossing the line 36 seconds off the pace.
Fellow High Performance Centre athlete Mundell finished 10th in the 50km walk in 3:56:47 to book his place in the squad for the global championships in Beijing in August.
“Lebogang has improved by leaps and bounds in the last year,” said Shange’s coach, Chris Britz.
“Two years ago he was not able to finish at the World Championships in Moscow and that left him very despondent.
“One of the major challenges I faced when I started to coach Lebogang was to get him to believe in his abilities.
“That meant that he used to have a very conservative approach when he raced and he would only start to up the pace over the last few kilometres when he felt sure that there was nothing that could go wrong.
“It is only now that he is confident enough to make the racing and set the challenge to other walkers to keep up with him if they don’t want to get dropped.”