Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
GELANT BREAKS SA 5 000M RECORD
Distance runner Elroy Gelant delivered a breakthrough performance on Sunday, smashing the SA men’s 5 000m record at the World Challenge meeting in Hengelo.
Gelant took fourth place in 13:04.88, putting up a solid fight against a quality line-up, with Olympic silver medallist Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia securing victory in 13:00.99.
The national 10km champion chopped nearly seven seconds off the previous SA mark of 13:11.44 set by Stephen Mokoka in Stellenbosch in April last year.
Meanwhile, Rynardt van Rensburg took fourth place in the men’s 800m contest in 1:47.03, though he was well off the pace of Kenyan Willy Tarbei who won comfortably in 1:45.87.
Victor Hogan also ended fourth in the men’s discus throw with a second-round heave of 63.70m, two metres short of American Rodney Brown’s victorious 65.70m effort.
Speedster Alyssa Conley took fourth place in the women’s 200m race in 23.17, with Dutch world champion Dafne Schippers storming to victory in a new world lead of 22.02.
Fellow sprinter Henricho Bruintjies was disqualified from the men’s 100m final after a false start, with Dutch speedster Churandy Martina going on to win the short dash in 10.12.
Earlier, in the first round, Bruintjies had won his heat in 10.26, holding off former world champion Kim Collins by 0.02.
In the men’s long jump, Dylon Cotter settled for sixth place with a first-round leap of 7.36m, with World Championships bronze medallist Wang Jianan of China producing a winning distance of 7.91m.