Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
Frans breaks national 30km record
Long-distance runner Melikhaya Frans produced the performance of his career to break the SA 30km record at the NMBM Human Race in Uitenhage on Saturday.
The unheralded 27-year-old athlete shattered his personal by more than five minutes over the rarely run distance, defending his title at the annual race in 1:30:54.
He edged out marathon specialist Lusapho April, who crossed the line nine seconds later in second position, setting a career best of 1:31:03.
April, who holds the SA 25km best (1:15:02), also went under the previous national 30km mark of 1:32:43 set by Neo Molema in Cape Town in January 2002.
Ntombesintu Mfunzi retained her title in the women’s race in 1:54:43, less than two minutes outside the 30-year-old SA record of 1:53:01 held by Monica Drogemoller.
* All SA records are subject to standard ratification processes