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Shange goes oh so close to his national walk mark in Spain

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Top flight South African race walker Lebogang Shange came agonisingly close to equalling his own national 20-kilometre record in Spain on Sunday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Competing at an IAAF World Race Walking Challenge in Cantones de A Coruna, Shange clocked 1hr 21min 51sec.
That’s just a second outside his own national mark and was good for 11th spot.
He ended 3:51 behind winner Zhen Wang of China who led his compatriots to a 1-2-3 finish.
London Olympian in the 50km walk, Marc Mundell was the second South African home in 44th spot (1:26.34) followed home 16sec later by a third South African Wayne Snyman.
The race saw 64 finishers from 78 starters with eight disqualifications and six athletes failing to finish.
Shange now has to decide whether he’ll line up for another 20km walk event in Lithuania later this month.
In the women’s race the only South African in action was Anel Oosthuizen.
She walked a time of 1:39:05 to end 14:27 behind the winner, another Chinese athlete, Hong Liu who clocked 1:24.38.


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