Nolene Conrad lengthening her stride as she pushes on towards the finish line of the Spar 10km Challenge in this file photo. Conrad told gsport that she is in seventh heaven after reaching her goal of a sub-16min personal best in the 5000m, recorded despite inclement weather on Tuesday evening at the Meeting Premium de la Ville de Montreuil, France. Photo: SuppliedThe 26 year-old Nolene Conrad reached the goal she set for herself ahead of the race, when she ran a sub-16 minute personal best race in the 5000m at the Meeting Premium de la Ville de Montreuil, in France on Tuesday night.

Conrad set a lifetime best of 15:57.92 in cold and windy conditions, to finish eighth. “I ran hard in this race and I was very happy when I crossed the line and saw my time,” said Conrad speaking from France after the meeting.

“Though the weather was miserable with a slight wind in the homestretch, it was still nice for distance running.” She ran 16:05.98 two weeks ago in Koblenz followed by two sub-10min 3000m steeplechases in Oordegem and Montbeliard, on 26 May and 1 June respectively.

Conrad’s next race will be the 3000m in Leiden, Germany, on Saturday, 9 June.

Buze Diriba (ETH) won in 15:11.53, a world junior leading time in the event, with countrywoman Afera Godfay second in 15:18.50. Rozana Barca (ROU) clocked 15:22.64 to finish third.

In the 400m fellow South African Tsholofelo Thipe finished fifth, in 52.62sec, missing out on the 51.55sec or less she needed to qualify for the Olympic Games. Russian athlete Kseniya Zadorina won the race in 51.39sec with Patricia Hall (JAM) second and Muriel Hurtis (FRA) in the bronze medal position, their times were 51.84sec and 52.16sec respectively.

Meanwhile, results are awaited following Wenda Theron and Janet Lawless’ participation in the 400m hurdles at the Meeting de Nantes in France on Wednesday evening.

This will be Theron’s third meeting of her European campaign, where she needed to run another time of 55.50sec or faster to also ensure she is London-bound. Lawless has also been edging closer to the required time, after clocking 56.16sec in Geneve on 2 June.