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ATHLETICS’ NATIONAL RECORDS STILL TO BE BROKEN IN 2018

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MBABANE – The oldest national record is 44 years, set by Richard Mabuza at Christchurch in New Zealand with a time of 2:12:54:4 hours in the marathon. clearly athletes have to sweat blood in 2018.


In the past year, the country’s 4x100m relay team compromising Sibusiso Matsenjwa, Mlandvo Shongwe, Sebenele Dlamini and Thandaza Zwane beat an over 20-year record to set a new national record of 39.75s in Germiston, South Africa. In the same Speed Series Meet, the 4x400m relay team made of Manqoba Nyoni, Andile Lusenga, Mcebo Mkhaliphi and Thandaza Zwane set a new national record of 3:11.51m.


More records have to fall in the coming year especially with the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games providing the perfect opportunity.
On July 2, 2017, sprinter Sibusiso ‘Swazi Bolt’ Matsenjwa set a new record of 10.31s in the 100m event in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. ‘Swazi Bolt’, who was named the Sportsman of the Year during the maiden National Sports Awards, is also the national record holder in 200m at 20.58s.  

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