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By Sports Reporter

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Precious Mashele breaks SA 10km record

For the first time, two SA athletes dipped under 28 minutes in the same race.


Long-distance runner Precious Mashele broke the South African 10km record on Sunday, taking second place against a strong field at the Run Your City race in Gqeberha.

Taking advantage of the fast, flat course, Mashele completed the race in 27:35, just 12 seconds behind pre-race favourite Daniel Ebenyo who clocked 27:23.

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Mashele took three seconds off the national record (27:38) which had been set by Stephen Mokoka in Manchester in 2015.

“I knew I was in shape after the World Cross Country Championships (in February, where he finished 16th), so I wanted to chase the SA record,” said Mashele.

“I know I have gone to another level now, so I am excited about what is to come.”

Personal best

Thabang Mosiako also did well to finish third on Sunday in a personal best of 27:52.

It was the first time two SA athletes dipped under 28 minutes in the same race.

Ethiopian athlete Bekelech Teku Wariyo won the women’s race in 31:36 and Glenrose Xaba was the first South African home, finishing fourth overall in 32:23.

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