JOHAN Cronje ran a superb race in Thessaloniki, Greece, on Wednesday night to become the third South African athlete to reach the qualifying standard for the International Amateur Athletics Federation World Championships in Berlin in the 1500metres.
Cronje, who throughout the race had a battle with Kenya's Gideon Gathimba and Bahrain's Bilal Mansour Ali, finished third in a personal best time of 3:35,11sec to join Juan van Deventer and Peter van der Westhuizen as South African athletes who have reached the A qualifying time of 3:36.20 for the World Championships.
Gathimba won the race in 3: 34,72 with Ali second in 3:35,05. Tshamano Setone finished in 3:42,26.
In Bydgoszcz, Poland, LJ van Zyl had sweet revenge against Britain's David Greene in the 400m hurdles when he narrowly beat the Briton into second place. Van Zyl set his best time this season of 48,71.
At Folksam in Gothenburg, Sweden, Samson Ngoepe won the 800 metres in 1:46.47s. - Sapa