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- Updated: June 29, 2009
Tshegofatso Meshoe has become the 14th South African to qualify for August’s World Track and Field Championships in Berlin after clocking a personal best 200m time of 20.47sec in Switzerland at the weekend.
Meshoe was running at the Resisprint meeting in La Chaux de Fonds and placed second, just 0.01sec behind Swiss athlete Marc Schneeberger.
The 22-year-old Meshoe, national under-23 champion and coached by Eugene Thipe, is the seventh SA qualifier outside South Africa since 30 May and the second Rustenburg athlete to book a seat on the plane to Germany, the other being Thipe’s wife, Tsholofelo, the national 400m champion.
Meshoe, who impressed when winning a 200m race in Sweden last Thursday in 21.24 sec, set his previous personal best of 20.73 sec in Pretoria in March.
His 200m time was the 13th all time best by a South African.┬áThe quickest is still Morne Nagel’s 20.11 in 2002.
Another SA runner, 400m specialist Ofentse Mogawane, who is also determined to achieve the entry mark for Berlin, was third in the one-lapper (45.81sec), ┬ámoving into second place on the the 2009 best performance list behind Pieter Smith.