Lebogang Shange now boasts the full set of 20km race walk medals from the African championships after adding the silver to the gold from Marrakech 2014 and Durban 2016 bronze.
The HPC-athlete is not quite satisfied with his performance in Nigeria but it could easily have been a gold medal with only 11 seconds separating him from the winner Samuel Gathimba of Kenya.
“I had fun during the race. That was important. The race actually turned out to be quite an exciting affair,” Shange said.
“Over the last few kilometres, I was involved in quite a titanic battle with Samuel Gathimba (Kenya) and Hassanine Sebei (Tunisia). We really tested each other. Unfortunately, when Gathimba put in that last acceleration, I was not able to stay with him. He deservedly won.”
Gathimba won the race with a time of 1:25:13 with the South African following behind him in 1:25:24 with Sebei bagging the bronze in 1:25:39.
Shange, who turned in a gutsy display at last year’s IAAF World Championships in London where he finished in fourth place, has been battling with some health issues in the buildup to this year’s Commonwealth Games.
He was battling with iron deficiency finishing ninth at the Gold Coast Games nearly four minutes behind Aussie winner Dane Bird-Smith.
In July he set a new African 3 000m race walk record at the London Diamond League meeting finishing second with a time of 10:47.08.
Shange will bring his 2018 season to an end at the Taihu Race Walking Multi-Day Competition in Wuzhong which is the last of the Race Walk Challenge events.