HARARE – Determination, patience and endurance play a pivotal role in sport just the same way the same attributes work in everyday life.
These three words best describe the life of Zimbabwe Road Cycling Association cyclist Bright Chipongo, who overcame injuries sustained from a deadly accident at the beginning of the year to win two prestigious national competitions inside a week.
In February, Chipongo fell off his bike early in the crit race at Westgate and needed medical attention, thanks to the swift response by Andrew Williams for the diagnose and excellent handling of the situation.
Alliance Health provided medical expenses for Chipongo. After the accident, many people including the cyclist himself thought that his season was over but the determined cyclist bounced back in spectacular fashion.
Against all odds, the Fit Freaks cyclist won the country’s prestigious national time trial series last Wednesday finishing tops with a time of 57:02.
Chipongo also added another title when by winning the national road championships that took place on Shamva Road yesterday.
“I had one too many races within a short period of time and didn’t realise that my matrix was getting low, I got dizzy, my vision blared and I fell off the bike,” Chitongo told the Daily New on Sunday.
“I was hospitalised for three days and was out of action for six weeks. I thought that was the end of my career and never believed I would be able to race again but I managed to come back after recovering fully and it’s really amazing that I have won the last two events of the season.”
Chipongo has now set his sight on continental participation where he intends to compete in the Windhoek, Namibia Championships later this year.
“I will try to remain professional and possibly take part in some continental cycling events this year,” he added.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Road Cycling Association president, David Martin said all the efforts of hard work were paying out for Chipongo.
“He is a very quiet guy and does not talk about his thoughts and feelings much but I know he is very disciplined in his training and is reaping the rewards of his hard work,” he said.