SHANGE BREAKS SA 20KM RECORD

 
Updated: August 23, 2015

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Race walker Lebogang Shange broke his own SA record on Sunday to finish 11th in the men’s 20km final on the second day of the World Championships in Beijing.
Shange, who had smashed four national marks in the build-up to the event (including three on the track), completed the race in 1:21:43 to clip seven seconds off his previous 20km record of 1:21:50 set in Lugano in March.
“I would have loved to have finished in the top 10, but I went into the race with a plan A, plan B and plan C and ended up executing plan B,” the High Performance Centre athlete said after the race.
“Still, every time I break a record is special.”
Miguel Lopez of Spain won the gold medal in 1:19:14, defeating Chinese silver medallist Zhen Wang by 15 seconds.
Meanwhile, on the track, Wayde van Niekerk continued his impressive form in a highly competitive first round of the men’s 400m.
Van Niekerk won his heat in 44.42 seconds, clocking the fourth fastest time of the opening round, with 18 men dipping under the 45-seconds barrier.
Sprinter Carina Horn was equally impressive, charging to third place in her first-round heat in 11.08, just 0.02 outside the national record she shares with Evette de Klerk.
Wenda Nel also shone, setting the second fastest time in the women’s 400m hurdles heats.
She ended second in the fastest race of the opening round in 54.45, falling 0.08 short of her personal best.
Van Niekerk, Horn and Nel will all compete in the semifinals of their disciplines.
Three other SA athletes were knocked out in the penultimate rounds of their specialist events.
Akani Simbine ended third in his 100m semifinal in 10.02 seconds, missing the SA record by 0.05 and falling just 0.03 short of a place in the final.
Henricho Bruintjies, who shares the national mark with Simbine, struggled in his race, finishing seventh in 10.21.
Experienced 400m hurdler LJ van Zyl took sixth place in his semifinal in 48.89.
While the former World Championships bronze medallist was 0.11 outside his season’s best, he too failed in his attempt to reach the last eight.

* See our Results section for results of finals, and visit our Flash News section for the schedule of SA athletes