Updated: February 21, 2016


Sibusiso Nzima knocked two minutes off his personal best at the Seville Marathon in Spain on Sunday.
The 29-year-old athlete crossed the line in 2:11:42 to take fourth place, improving his previous career record of 2:13:42 set in Hamburg two years ago.
“I experienced cramps at 37km in both my legs, so I dropped the pace to just get to the finish,” said the Nedbank Running Club athlete.
“The course was nice, flat and fast, and the atmosphere was fantastic.”
Though he had already qualified for this year’s Rio Olympics when he clocked 2:15:38 in Cape Town in September, Nzima strengthened his chances of being selected for the SA team by climbing to second place among the list of qualifiers, a little more than two months before Athletics SA’s qualifying window closes.
With the federation introducing a qualifying clause, however, forcing athletes to have competed at the national marathon championships (held in East London on Saturday) to be considered for selection, it was unclear whether he would be in the running for a place in the squad.
Kenyan athlete Cosmas Lagat secured victory in Seville in 2:08:13, breaking his own course record by 20 seconds.