Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
ANOTHER PERSONAL BEST FOR SHANGE
Lebogang Shange clocked the fastest ever 10 000m time by a South African race walker on Thursday.
The 25-year-old athlete covered the distance in 39:54.24, on the sidelines of an international training camp in Canberra, Australia.
After pushing the pace up front for the first few laps of the race, he reverted to his usual conservative tactics and dropped back.
Lying more than 200 metres behind Canadian leader Ben Thorpe at the halfway mark, however, he began to claw his was through the field.
His second-half surge pulled him within eight seconds of Thorpe (39:46.43), the World Championships bronze medallist, by the finish line.
“I tried so hard to catch him, Shange said.
“Ben even said to me if it was one lap further I would have caught him.”
Shange completed the 25-lap track race 38 seconds quicker than the 21-year-old SA record held by his coach, Chris Britz (40:32.78), but the performance cannot be considered for record purposes as it was hand-timed.
His effort, nonetheless, was more than a minute faster than his previous personal best of 41:02.92, set in Canberra last month.
Shange, who holds the SA 3 000m, 5 000m and 20 000m records on the track, as well as the national 20km mark on the road, will compete at the Australian Race Walking Championships later this month.
Ultra-distance specialist and fellow Tuks-HPC athlete Marc Mundell also set a personal best in Canberra, crossing the line further down the field in 43:03 and chopping 41 seconds off his previous career record set in Pretoria nearly four years ago.