Massive turnout for next Comrades Marathon

Organisers of the iconic Comrades Marathon, which Zimbabwean athletes have dominated in recent years, said the next edition of the race has amassed its third highest field of international entries in its 87-year history.

Athletes from more than 50 countries have confirmed their participation in the in the world’s longest road-running race. “Entries for the Comrades 2012 have been coming in hard and fast. As of this past week, the entry barometer stands at 10 700, which includes 938 international entries,” said the organisers this week.

The entry process opened on September 1 and will close on November 30 or when the cap of 18 000 has been reached. Athletes from such exotic locations as Bahrain, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Malta, Oman, Slovenia, Thailand and Venezuela will compete for the first time.

Zimbabwe’s star athlete, Stephen Muzhingi, is the defending men’s champion. Earlier this year, he secured victory to become the first athlete to win three Comrades Marathon titles in succession after Bruce Fordyce, the best athlete to compete in the marathon.

Zimbabwe’s Chasara Masiyatsva claimed sixth place in the women’s race.

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