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US honour for Hlaselo

Middle distance ace Dumisani Hlaselo’s fine efforts in the mile event have not gone unnoticed in United States track and field circles, writes Mark Etheridge.

Hlaselo, 21, blitzed his way to a 3min 56.84sec third place in the men’s mile at the FloTrack Husky Classic in Seattle, Washington at the weekend.

This earned him weekly honours from the Southeastern Conference offices, who named him SEC Men’s Runner of the Week this week.

Hlaselo, who previously studied at Free State University before relocating to the University of Florida, became the first athlete at the university to run a sub four-minute mile.

His time was an automatic NCAA qualifying time. Making it even more noteworthy was the fact that he bettered a 33-year-old university record, the 4:00.34 set by Wesley Maiyo in 1977.

It’s also the top time in the Southeastern conference this season and the fourth quickest in the NCAA thus far.

Early days yet, but its also the eighth quickest mile in the world for 2011.

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