Jerry Motsau smashes SA men’s 3 000m record

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Middle-distance runner Jerry Motsau broke the South African record in the men’s 3 000m event on Thursday.
Middle-distance runner Jerry Motsau broke the South African record in the men’s 3 000m event on Thursday.

Middle-distance runner Jerry Motsau ran the race of his life on Thursday night, smashing the South African record in the men’s 3 000m event.

Motsau covered the seven-and-a-half lap distance in 7:40.99, which is subject to standard ratification procedures, at a meeting in Nembro, Italy, holding off a challenge from European Championships 10 000m bronze medallist Yeman Crippa of Italy, who finished second in 7:41.41.

Motsau, a former 1 500m bronze medallist at the World Student Games, clipped 0.07 off the national 3 000m best of 7:41.06 which was set by Juan van Deventer in Stockholm in July 2008.

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