5000m – 13:11.44 – 20th on the 2015 World Rankings
10000m – 27:40.73
The 30 year old Stephen Mokoka has been having the best season of his life so far. On the 18th of April Mokoka broke the SA 5000m record of Shadrack Hoff and then on the 10th of May he went and broke the SA 10km road record running a 27:38 at the Great Manchester run. This 10km time he ran on the road still stands 2nd best on the World Rankings of 2015.
Mokoka also won the SA 10 000m title in 28:15.56 and he also won USSAs in 27:50. He qualified for the 10000m at the Eugene Diamond League where Mo Farah went out to run a fast time, but Mokoka kept his composure and his main aim was that qualifying standard of 27:45. Mokoka then ended up with a 27:43.73.
Mokoka is known for keeping his composure when necessary and on the other side when an opportunity comes and he has nothing to lose to give his very best and take chances. We all know the very tough field he will have to face in East Africans, Mo Farah and even Cameron Levins, and although he never aims to break records, the SA 10 000m record might just up for grabs. But the pace will have to be good and the chances are good it will be with young Kenyan Kamworor winning the Kenyan Trials in a very fast time at 5500m above sea level. Kamworor who saw at the Eugene Diamond League that he cannot outkick Paul Tanui or Mo Farah. So if he pushes the pace early and Mokoka goes with the pace a new SA record is on its way but it will take a 27:29.94 to take down Hendrik Ramaala’s record.