Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
MOKOKA CHASING PERSONAL BEST IN EUGENE
Stephen Mokoka says he will target a new personal best on Saturday morning (SA time) when he turns out in the men’s 10 000m race at the Prefontaine Classic, an IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon.
Having lost his national 5 000m record to Elroy Gelant last week, however, Mokoka does not believe he is ready to set another mark in the longer track event.
Insisting Hendrick Ramaala’s 17-year-old SA record of 27:29.94 was not on the cards, he said this week he would focus on improving his own best time of 27:40.73 which he set in Port Elizabeth in April 2012.
“I’m feeling good and ready for a PB,” Mokoka said after arriving in the United States.
“The 10 000m record is not easy and I’m not ready yet to attempt breaking it. All I want is to get a PB.”
Mokoka, the only SA athlete competing in Eugene, will face a world-class field in one of the few 10 000m races to be contested on the global circuit this season.
Seven men in the line-up have run under 27 minutes, spearheaded by Olympic and world champion Mo Farah.