Race walker Lebogang Shange continued his steady improvement, taking second place in the men’s 20km event at the Oceania Race Walking Championships in Adelaide on Sunday. He clocked 1:20:06 to shatter his previous national mark of 1:21:43, set at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing last year.
Two other South Africans also performed well at the race, which was held after a two-month international training camp in Australia.
Wayne Snyman set a personal best of 1:21:45 in eighth position, and 50km specialist Marc Mundell finished 13th in 1:27:08.
Elsewhere, in New York, middle-distance prospect Dominique Scott-Efurd clipped more than four seconds off her own SA women’s indoor mile (1.609km) record. The 23-year-old University of Arkansas student ended 10th at the annual Millrose Games in 4:31.57.
Her previous national mark of 4:36.11 had been set in Fayetteville in January last year.