South African Athletics

Cronje lowers SA mile record

2014-06-01 01:10
Johan Cronje (AFP)
Cape Town - Middle-distance runner Johan Cronje broke the 27-year-old South African record in the men's mile on Saturday night at the Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon.

Cronje sat back for the first two laps, with the leaders setting an erratic pace up front.

Hanging on in the second half, the South African produced a strong surge down the finishing straight to take ninth place in 3:50.70, smashing his personal best my more than four seconds.

Johan Fourie had set the previous national mark of 3:50.82 over the 1.609km distance in Port Elizabeth in March 1987.

Souleiman Ayanleh of Djibouti won the race in 3:47.32, the fastest time in the world this year, while 10 of the 14 men in the field improved their career records.

Sprinter Simon Magakwe, the only other South African taking part at the meeting, finished eighth and last in the men's 100m event.

Magakwe, who set the SA record of 9.98 seconds in Pretoria last month, was slow out the blocks and trailed home in 10.13.

Justin Gatlin of the United States won the race in a world-leading time of 9.76, with five men dipping under the 10-second barrier.

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