Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
MOKOKA SMASHES SA 10KM RECORD
Stephen Mokoka has broken his second SA record in three weeks, chopping 22 seconds off the long-standing national 10km mark at the Great Manchester Run on Sunday.
Having broken clear of the elite men’s field with Kenyan Stephen Sambu, Mokoka went through halfway in 13:55 and picked up the pace in the second half to clock 27:38.
Sambu managed to shake off the South African in the closing stages to win in 27:30.
Mokoka’s time bettered Matthews Motshwarateu’s former national record of 28:00 set in Purchase, New York, 35 years ago.
Bernard Lagat of the United States, a former world 1 500m and 5 000m champion, held on to finish third in 27:48, with the 40-year-old athlete breaking Haile Gebrselassie’s veterans’ world record.
Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya, who was second at the London Marathon two weeks ago, finished fourth, a further five seconds off the pace.
Mokoka showed once again he was in the form of his career, after breaking Shadrack Hoff’s 20-year-old national 5 000m mark with a 13:11.44 solo effort in Stellenbosch last month.