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Cronje ends seventh in 1500m in Sweden

World championships bronze medallist Johan Cronje ended seventh in the 1500-metre event at Thursday night’s DX Galan indoor track meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, writes Mark Etheridge.

Cronje had earlier hinted that Juan van Deventer’s SA indoor mark of 3min 36.96sec might be under threat but that wasn’t to be as the tall Free Stater had to settle for a time of 3:38.5.

His current personal best stands at 3:37.49, set in Karlsruhe, Germany last weekend.

The race was won by Moroccan Mohamed Moustaoui in a world-leading 3:35.0 who hit the front with two laps to go and was never reeled in. Djibouti athlete Ayanleh Soueiman was second in 3:35.2 and Kenay Bethwell Birgen third in 3:35.3.

Other South Africans in action were long jumper Zarck Visser and sprinter Carina Horn.

Visser didn’t have a great night, ending eighth and last with a 7.49 best of the night as Zimbabwean Ngoni Makusha won with an 8.18 season’s best. Visser opened with his 7.49 but followed up with jumps of 7.43 and 7.44 on a frustrating night.

Horn lined up for the 60m sprint and took fifth with a time of 7.35sec as Germany’s Verene Sailer took honours in 7.22.


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