SHANGE NARROWLY MISSES SA RECORD

 
Updated: June 8, 2015

(Photo credit: Reg Caldecott)

Elite South African race walker Lebogang Shange hopes to put up a fight among the world’s best at the global senior championships in August, after producing another solid performance at the weekend.
Shange missed his own national record of 1:21:50, set in Lugano in March, by just one second in hot and windy conditions at the 20km Race Walking Challenge in La Corruna, Spain, on Saturday.
“Our goal is for Lebogang to finish in the top 10 finish at the World Championships in Beijing,” said his coach, Chris Britz.
The High Performance Centre athlete will now target Stanley Valentine’s 26-year-old SA 20 000m record of 1:24:51 on the track at the British National Championships in Bedford on June 21.
Meanwhile, 50km specialist Marc Mundell dropped down in distance to end 44th in La Corruna in 1:26:34.
Wang Zhen won the race in 1:18:00 to lead a Chinese clean sweep of the men’s podium.
Anel Oosthuizen finished 20th in the women’s race in 1:39:05, while China’s Liu Hong broke the world record by securing victory in 1:24:38.