Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
10 May 2015
5:48 pm

Mokoka sets another SA record

Wesley Botton

Stephen Mokoka smashed the longest-standing mark in the SA record books, clocking 27:38 to finish second at the Great Manchester Run 10km race in England on Sunday.

FILE PIC: Stephen Mokoka (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images)

Mokoka, who already holds the national 5 000m (13:11.44) and 15km (42:49) marks, improved Matthews Mothswarateu’s 35-year-old record by 22 seconds.

Motshwarateu had clocked 28:00 in Purchase, New York, in October 1980, which was a world record at the time.

Kenyan Stephen Sambu won the race in Manchester in 27:30.

American Bernard Lagat broke the veterans’ world record (over 40 age group), taking third place in 27:48.

On Saturday, at the Great City Games in Manchester, LJ van Zyl continued his fine form, equalling the men’s 200m hurdles world best on a curve-less track.

Van Zyl won the race in 22.10, matching the global mark set by retired British high-hurdler Andy Turner in 2011.