Cape Town - Again showing superb form at the back end of a great season, Lebogang Shange smashed his South
African record in the 10km Walk on Monday, at the Around Taihu Multi-day International Race Walking Competition in Wuxi, China.
Shange finished the race in 39:48*, bettering his own national mark of 40:29 which had been set in Rome in May last year.
was his second SA record in the space of a month after he took fourth
position in the 20km race in 1:19:18* at the recent IAAF World
Championships in London,
Dane Bird-Smith of Australia, the Olympic bronze medallist in the 20km Walk, finished second in the 10km race in China in 39:55.
On Sunday's opening day of competition at the four-day event, Shange was
among the quickest athletes in the 20km Walk, covering the distance in 1:24:21.
held the overall lead at the midway point of the annual event, while
countryman Wayne Snyman was lying 12th overall after clocking 1:27:32
and 40:39 in the
20km and 10km races respectively.
* Subject to standard ratification process.