ZIMBABWE wheelchair racer Moleen Majoni won a bronze medal after finishing third at the 2020 Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge 42,2km race in George Town, South Africa on Saturday.
Although Majoni managed a podium finish, she dropped one place after finishing in second place at the same race last year. She blamed the drop on an aging wheelchair.
“I am not happy, I wanted first place but my racing chair is not in good condition,” Majoni told the Daily News yesterday.
“The wheelchair that I’m using is very big in size; I actually bought it for someone else. The problem is that I don’t fit nicely in the chair so that loss of comfort has resulted in me losing control of the wheels.
“It’s been two years now using this wheelchair the one I had, broke down long back.”
She added: “If you get a good size fit wheelchair you will be comfortable enough to push your wheelchair without much challenges.”
Having emerged a serial winner in the 21km race of the same meet which she won a record five times, the Ruwa Local Board-sponsored athlete, decided to try out a new challenge in the 42,2km.
“My next race will be Boston on 28 May and I’m looking forward to getting sponsorship in replacing my wheelchair as well as funding to and from the event.”