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Season’s best in France for steeplechasing Conrad

National steeplechase champion Nolene Conrad took fifth spot in a French race on Thursday evening, writes Mark Etheridge.

This was her first race proper after opting for pace-making duties in Belgium last week.

Competing at the Jacky Boxberger Meeting in Montbeliard, the tiny Gauteng schoolteacher clocked a time of 10:07.24 for the 3000m SC. That was a season’s best, in a race won by Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia (9:27.49) from compatriot Mekdes Bekele (9:46.19).

“I’m happy with the time as it is 11 seconds improvement off my last race and I felt much more relaxed,” Conrad told Road to Rio 2016.

“I was running behind Switzerland’s Fabienne Schlumpf as she had won the previous race where I competed and her time had been 9.48. So┬á I thought that if I could stick with her then I could get a good time.

“But she was off the pace this time and finished in 10.02. So I was a bit disappointed when I saw the time ÔÇô I thought it would be faster. But I’m still grateful for my SB.

“My next race is Saturday in Belgium. I’ll be running 5000m there and hoping to run sub 16.20 although I may still be able to switch to the steeplechase again.”