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- Updated: March 29, 2015
A ninth spot in the team prize and 29th spot for Stephen Mokoka in the invididual men’s race was the best results served up by South Africa at the IAAF World Cross-Country Championships in Guiyang, China on Saturday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Mokoka clocked 37min 14sec in the senior men’s 12-kilometre race. That was 2:22 behind winner Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor of Kenya.
The combined efforts of the SA men saw them ending ninth (162 points) behind the Kenyan ‘machine’ (20 points).
Best effort in the senior women’s race came from Nolene Conrad. The tiny Gauteng runner had been hoping for a top 30 finish but just missed out with 36th spot in 29:05 as another Kenyan, Agnes Jebet Tirop won in 26:01.
The SA women ended 12th in the team standings.
Best junior man for South Africa was Creel Shavalala in 26:03 as Ethiopia’s Yasin Haji covered the 6km course quickest in 23:42.
Again, the SA team combined for 12th spot in the team competition.
Best of the South African junior women was Simoney Weitz in 57th spot (22:55) as Ethiopia’s Letensebeth Gidey won in 19:48.
The SA women were 14th in the team competition.