South Africa’s runner Precious Mashele smashed his half marathon Personal Best (PB) by 40sec on Sunday, in the 23rd edition of Boulogne-Billancourt half-marathon,  in France.

Mashele came in 2nd position in 1:00:28, being denied the victory by Felix Kipkoech of Kenya who crossed the finish line in 1:00:12.

The race started in front of the City Hall welcoming the runners from across the world.  Mashele thanked his coach Hendrick Ramaala, attributing his improved results to his exploits.

Mashele is rapidly making a name for himself as the leading short distance road runner in South Africa.

This, after making it through in South African Cross Country trials, Winning SA Cross Country Championships and taking position 16th at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus earlier this year. The 29-year-old says that the Kenyans were the most difficult competition.

As Mashele prepares to leave France for home on Monday, the member of Olifantsfontein Athletics  Club says he will be taking a well-deserved break. – Report Andiswa Ndudane