Kusche sets SA junior 1 000m best

Updated: February 18, 2017

George Kusche set an unofficial SA junior best at UJ Stadium


Promising middle-distance runner George Kusche displayed impressive early-season form on Friday night, clocking the fastest 1 000m time ever run by a junior South African athlete at the third and final leg of the TomTom Classic Shootout Series at the University of Johannesburg.
His 2:19.08 performance, achieved on the sidelines of a schools meeting, was unlikely to be considered for record purposes due to standard ratification processes, but his time would stand as an unofficial SA Under-20 best.
Kusche, who reached the semifinals of the men’s 800m event at last year’s IAAF World U-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, covered the two-and-a-half lap distance more than a second quicker than Clyde Colenso’s national junior record of 2:20.21 set in Sydney in August 1996.
Treasure Derison won the Classic Shootout race, a unique contest which saw simultaneous battles on the inside and outside lanes of the track.
He crossed the line in 2:18.85, with Kusche grabbing second spot overall and Nkosinathi Sibiya earning third place in 2:19.36.
Another junior athlete, Simonay Weitsz, defended her title in the women’s 1 000m race in 2:45.21, with Anuscha Nice securing second position in 2:46.15 and 15-year-old prospect Nicole Louw grabbing third spot in 2:46.85.
The three legs of the Classic Shootout Series, which again showcased elite athletes at schools meetings, were hosted by Waterkloof, Helpmekaar and Florida high schools.