Muzhingi looks ahead

Long distance athlete Stephen Muzhingi said this week he had put behind him a difficult year and was now focused on rewriting history by winning two major marathons in the South African athletics calendar next season.

Stephen Muzhingi
Stephen Muzhingi

Muzhingi told The Zimbabwean he was determined to re-establish himself as the king of the Comrades Marathon in KwaZulu Natal and to reclaim the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town.

Muzhingi said in order to achieve that dream, he had decided to take a break from athletics and concentrate on fighting to achieve those lofty ambitions. In 2012, he became only the second man to hold both titles simultaneously. He still held the 2011 Comrades title when he won the Two Oceans.

“The aim is to win both. It is not difficult,” he said. “I need to work hard and get enough rest. I have just recovered from injury and will not be competing in any upcoming events as I have to be fit for both competitions,” the star athlete said.

Three-time Comrades Marathon winner Muzhingi had a difficult year characterised by injury and subsequent loss of form.He finished 10th in this year’s edition, which South African Claude Moshiywa eventually won.

The Two Oceans also eluded him after he aggravated an injury on his calf muscle. The injury fully healed last month.

The Toyota South Africa Athletics club runner also attributed the challenging year to “pressure” and “domestic affairs.”

The Comrades Marathon, which the Zimbabwean won in a row between 2009 and 2011, will be held on June 1 between Pieter-Maritzburg and Durban.

More than 10 000 entries have been received since the process opened in September. The Two Oceans Marathon is scheduled for the Easter weekend in Cape Town. The online entry system opened a fortnight ago.

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