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PB for Peter in Europe

By Mark Etheridge

United States based middle-distance ace Peter van der Westhuizen ran a personal best at Sunday night’s track and field meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The only South African in action at the Spitzenleichtathletik meeting after discus champion Elizna Naude pulled out to recover from an injury niggle, the Omaha based athlete was in action over 3000 metres.

He ran a personal best of 8min 00.05sec as he placed seventh behind American David Torrence (7:54.85) but wasn’t getting too excited.

“Sure it was a personal best but a poor run for me considering I never run the 3km.

“It was good to get a run in before London next week where I’m running the mile. I have struggled a bit since Morocco (stomach problems) so we will have to see how it goes.

“I will be much more comfortable over the mile and am excited to have another crack at it.”

National recordholder over 3000m is Juan van Deventer with a 7:41.06 and the duo, along with Johan Cronje have all run 3:35 for 1500m this season.


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