For close on a kilometre - Tradução em português

The final was brutally tight, with the lead changing six times. After qualifying, the British had brought in Burke for Tennant – who also got a rainbow jersey and medal, as the rules stipulate – and they led until just before halfway. The lead oscillated for close on a kilometre, and after 2,500m the Australians began slipping behind. It looked as if they were gone for good, with the gap approaching a second, but in the final two laps it was the Britons who fell back, losing all but 0.106sec of their advantage. The world record fell, but only to 3min 53.295sec.

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Thomas 7 60 290
por quase um kilómetro
Telma Regina 9 62 593
The lead oscillated for close on a kilometre,...
A liderança oscilou por uma pequena diferença (ficaram muito próximos) ao longo de um quilometro,...
Thomas 7 60 290
Merriam-Webster
Main Entry: close on Pronunciation Guide
Pronunciation: primarystressklomacrs-
Variant(s): or close onto
Function: preposition
Etymology: close
1 : within a very short time or distance of <close on fifty years ago> <for close on five miles> : within a very small number, amount, or quantity of <housing close on a million volumes> : just short of <a deficit close on four billion dollars>
2 : closely approaching <respect close on veneration>

Acho que "quase" é a melhor tradução, mas em certos contextos "mais ou menos" seria aceitável.