Fokoroni aims to win Comrades

Mike Fokoroni, the highest-placed Zimbabwean at the last Comrades Marathon, has set his sights on winning the 2014 edition this weekend.

Mike Fokoroni
Mike Fokoroni

Last year, Fokoroni finished eighth with a time of 5hr 50 min 18 sec, just 18 minutes later than the eventual winner of the Ultimate Human Race, South African Claude Moshiyiwa. He was confident early this week that he would go all the way this time or at least maintain a top 10 finish.

“Since I am now tuned and understand the race better, I expect to improve on last year’s finish, and win if the conditions allow me to do so. I am definitely focused on that,” Fokoroni said in an interview ahead of the race in KwaZulu-Natal.

The 37-year-old athlete, who will arrive in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, a day before the race, will be participating in his third Comrades Marathon. Arguably the greatest ultra-marathon in the world, the 89 kilometre race is run annually between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

More than 18,000 athletes, including Fokoroni’s compatriot Stephen Muzhingi , who had three back-to-back titles between 2009 and 2011, are expected to take part in this year’s edition.

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