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Cronje races to third spot at German indoor meeting

Our leading 1500-metre runner, Johan Cronje has raced to a new personal best time on the indoor circuit, writes Mark Etheridge.

Cronje, South Africa’s only medallist at the 2013 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Russia when he won bronze, was taking place in an IAAF permit meeting in Karlsruhe, Germany.

He clocked 3min 37.49sec for the indoor version of the metric mile, which was also good for third.

Winner was 2013 World Championships finalist Nixon Chepseba of Kenya who crossed in 3:37.02 from Ethiopian Mekonnen Gebremehdin (3:37.42).

“I’m getting the hang of the indoor laps step by step,” Cronje told Road to Rio 2016 on Monday. “I’m not focusing all my efforts on the indoors as I want to keep my best for this year’s Commonwealth Games as I think a medal there will mean more than an indoors medal.”

Before his current European trip, the last time Cronje raced indoors was way back in 2008 when he raced his previous best of 3:39.28 in Leipzig. And before this weekend’s efforts he raced in Dusseldorf and placed fifth in 3:40.77.

Next up is another indoor meeting in Stockholm on Thursday evening. “It’s a big strong field and I might get the SA indoor record, but if I don’t I’m not too worried about it.”

The current indoor record belongs to Juan van Deventer who clocked 3:36.96 in Flanders, Belgium in 2010.