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Masehla’s SA mark
- Updated: June 6, 2011
By Mark Etheridge
South African steeplechaser Tebogo Masehla joined LJ van Zyl in the 2011 record-breaking stakes in Belgium on Saturday.
an Zyl broke Llewellyn Herbert’s long-standing national 400-metre hurdles record in Tshwane back in February and Masehla did her own record-breaking in the 3000m at the IFAM international meeting in Flanders at the weekend.
The Gauteng athlete finished runner-up to Lidya Chepkurui, the Kenyan clocking 9min 43.07sec for the win.
Thirty-one-year-old Masehla came home in 9:54.19 to better her own national mark of 9:55.11 that she had set in Algiers in July last year.
Encouraging for Masehla is that she feels she can do better. “I had a bad last 1000m. There was a pacemaker but she decided to finish the race! Had I followed her I would have run much faster. Next time I’ll stick closer to the pacemaker.
“I’m not 100% sure but I’ll probably be running again in Italy (Turin) on 11 June.”
Masehla still has a few seconds to work on if she is to make the team for IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea later this year as the B-qualifying standard is 9:50 and the A-mark 9:43.
Another South African in action in Belgium was 110m hurdler Lehan Fourie. “It wasn’t that great a race,” said Fourie. “I ran 13.61 in a head-wind.”
Winner was American Fred Towsend who ran 13.53. “I’ve had three races this week,” said Fourie, “so I think it’s time to dial the quantity down a bit and focus more on quality for now.”