Zim athletes triumph in SA road races

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwean long distance runners last week continued to assert their dominance in cross-country events, winning a number of road races in South Africa.

Classy athlete, Monica Kativu, outpaced her fierce rivals in the Zululand District Municipality ultra marathon in Kwazulu-Natal, to pocket R 20 000 first prize money, after a gruelling 56 km womens race.

In Haartebeesport, Chiyedza Chokore proved that her win last month was not a fluke when she won unchallenged in the 20th Old Mutual Om Die Dam 50km womens race, crossing the line in three

hours 29 minutes and 54 seconds to scoop R10 000.

The 21 km open event saw Nedbanks Rutendo Nyahora add one more feather to the Zimbabwean athletes cap, romping to victory in the womens category in 78 minutes and 14 seconds, ahead of

South African and stiff contender Cornelia Joubert who was two minutes behind Former Eiffel Flats runner, Felix Mushurwa, put up a sterling performance in the mens marathon to secure third position in 2:55:48 behind South Africans Othaniel Phahlane and Enock Skosana who finished first and second respectively.

Zimbaweans got the better of their South African counterparts in the 10km womens marathon, with Muchaneta Gwata grabbing the title, while Loveness Madziva and Helen Chiunda came second and third.

With more track and field championships events up for grabs in the course of this year, bookmakers have tipped Zimbabweans to maintain their top-notch records and add flair to

South African athletics.

Former South African champion Fusi Hlapo conceded that his foreign counterparts will dominate the forthcoming Comrades Marathon. But we are ready to ensure the title does not leave the shores, he said.

A host of Zimbabweans will be among at least 23 500 athletes registered for the lucrative Comrades Marathon which is scheduled to kick off from Pietermaritzburg to Durban on 30 May 2010, including veteran and reigning champion Stephen Muzhingi who won the race last year.

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