In-form distance runner Ryan Mphahlele delivered another spectacular performance on Saturday, breaking the 20-year-old South African 5km record at the Adizero Road to Records event in Herzogenaurach, Germany.
Mphahlele, who had already qualified for the World Road Running Championships to be held over the 5km distance in Riga, Latvia later this year, continued to build on his superb season by taking fifth place against a strong field in 13:24*. His time was six seconds quicker than the previous national 5km record of 13:30 which was set by Shadrack Hoff in Carlsbad, USA in April 2003.
Mphahlele crossed the line just 18 seconds behind Birhanu Balew of Bahrain, who won the race in 13:06.
Cian Oldknow also produced her best effort in the women's 10km race in Herzogenaurach, taking 14th position in 32:53 and slicing 27 seconds off her personal best.
* All SA records are subject to standard ratification processes.
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Athletics South Africa (ASA) is the national governing body for the sport of athletics (including Track and Field, Cross Country, Road Running and Race Walking) in South Africa, is a member of World Athletics and the Confederation of African Athletics. The association was formed in 1995 and is based in Johannesburg.