Unlike in previous editions where the Zimbabwean has been a perennial favourite, the Zimbabwean is not highly-rated ahead of the 2013 edition, after a disappointing performance last year and poor form in recent races.
“I am confident of my chances in this year’s race. Ultimately, I wish to win the Comrades nine times,” said the athlete, who hopes to match South African Bruce Fordyce’s record in Durban. He did not read much into his recent performances, particularly in the Two Oceans Marathon, where he finished 34th during the Easter Holidays
“I know I performed badly in the Two Oceans Marathon, but that was largely due to an injury, which has fully healed now. The Two Oceans was a worthy preparation for the Comrades.” Muzhingi is one of the most successful Comrades Marathon runners.
He won the event on three successive occasions between 2009 and 2011, becoming the first person since Fordyce to win three successive races. Fordyce won it between 1981 and 1983.
A fourth successive gold medal eluded him last year as he finished sixth, two places behind countryman Marko Mambo, as South Africa’s Ludwick Mamabolo won the event marred by doping allegations.Post published in: Athletics