Muzhingi eyes Mandela Day Marathon

Veteran long distance runner Stephen Muzhingi is hopeful of winning the annual Nelson Mandela Day Marathon, which takes place in KwaZulu Natal next month.

The ultra-marathon runner has been struggling with injury that caused his poor performance at the recent Comrades Marathon, where he finished in 10th position.

The three-time Comrades Marathon winner said he had fully recovered from a and vowed that he would emerge champion in the coming race.

“It’s been a long painful journey for me because of the injury, but I am very confident that I will win the Nelson Mandela Day Marathon on August 25,” said Muzhingi.

It was an all-Zimbabwean affair in last year’s inaugural Nelson Mandela Day Marathon, where veteran runner Brighton Chipere won the main 42km marathon in which compatriot Munyaradzi Jari came second.

The female category was also won by a Zimbabwean runner, Muchaneta Gwata. The race, which carries a R500 000 purse this year, is held over the gruelling course from Imbali, outside Pietermaritzburg, through Hilton and finishes at Howick, where Mandela made his last speech before he was arrested and subsequently incarcerated at Robben Island for 27 years.

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