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Below par Cronje just misses his mile best at Bislett Games

He recently captured the long-standing South African 1500-metre track record and Thursday night saw Johan Cronje miss his personal best time in the mile by just 0.02 seconds, writes Mark Etheridge.

Cronje was the only South African in action at the Bislett Games meeting, the Oslo leg of the Diamond League series.

Starting slowly, the Bloemfontein based athlete found himself bringing up the rear two laps into the race.

But his customary strong finish saw him coming on strong in the final straight and he ended up ninth of 13 finishers in the Dream Mile with a time of 3min 54.86sec as Djiboutie’s Ayanleh Souleiman won in 3:50:23.

Thirty-one-year-old Cronje’s personal best in the mile came in London four years ago where he ran 3:54.84.

Cronje’s last race prior to Oslo was the 1500m in Hengelo, Netherlands a week ago where he clocked 3:37, five seconds off his own SA record.

Latest indications are that Cronje could be suffering from a bout of low-grade infection. “Same story as in Hengelo. Coach think I might have a virus (or something?). Felt like a bag of cement from the start. Gave my all but couldn’t,” was his description of Thursday night’s race via his Twitter feed.


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