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Another national race-walk record for SA’s Shange

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A Rio Olympian and then fourth in the 20-kilometre race walk at this year’s IAAF World Championship in London, Lebogang Shange has added another South African race-walking record to his tally.

Competing in Wuxi, China on Monday, the victorious Shange smashed his national 10km mark at the Around Taihu Multi-day International Race Walking Competition.

The Gauteng athlete finished the race in 39min 48sec, bettering his own national mark, which had been set in Rome in May last year, by 41 seconds.

It was his second SA record in the space of a month after he took fourth position in 1:19:18 at the recent IAAF World Championships.

Dane Bird-Smith of Australia, the Olympic bronze medallist in the 20km walk, finished second in China with a time of 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.

He 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.


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