JONATHAN Chinyoka and Olivia Chitate maintained their dominance on the local scene after powering to their second victories in two months by winning CBZ Marathon in the men and women’s categories respectively yesterday.
Their victories in the 42,2km race come hard on the heels of another triumph in the same category at the Old Mutual Marathon which was held at the same venue last month.
Chinyoka romped to victory in a time of 2 hours 18 minutes 52 seconds with the second-placed Prosper Mtwira crossing the finishing line with a time of 2 hours 24 minutes 5 seconds.
In third place was Tawanda Bvunzawabaya, who came home in a time of 2 hours 27 minutes and 57 seconds.
Reigning Comrades Marathon champion Edward Mothibi of South Africa came fifth in a time of 2 hours 32 minutes 21 seconds.
Chinyoka, who represents the Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services running team, was elated after beating Mothibi.
“I am really happy with the victory today especially after beating Mothibi who is the Comrades champion and this just goes to show that if I can get enough corporate help, I can also go and take part in the Comrades Marathon and win it, who knows?,” Chitate said after the race.
Chitate could not hide her joy after shrugging off stiff competition from seasoned campaigner Faith Nyasango, who came second and Lizih Chokore, who came third. Coming into the race, Chitate did not have any thoughts of finishing in first place as she was using yesterday’s meet to prepare for another marathon in Botswana next month.
The race sponsors CBZ were impressed with the event as it was oversubscribed with over 2 000 participants taking part in this second edition of this meet.
CBZ chief executive Blessing Mudavanhu has promised a bigger and better race next year which will try and accommodate more participants.
“We are really humbled by the huge turnout, we had budgeted for 1 700 participants but we ended up having to accommodate 300 more and couldn’t register more than that because of logistical issues,” Mudavanhu told the Daily News.
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