Nyasango makes history

Zimbabwe’s Cuthbert Nyasango made history after setting a new Zimbabwe marathon record when coming third at the Volkswagen Prague marathon in the Czech Republic Sunday.

Cuthbert Nyasango
Cuthbert Nyasango

Nyasango finished in 2 hours, nine minutes and 52 seconds beating the record of Tendai Chimusasa of 2 hours 10 minutes and 57 seconds set in 1992.

The Zimbabwean finished behind Kenyans Patrick Kiplagat Tere and Evans Kiplagat Chavet. Tere finished in 2 hours, eight minutes and seven seconds for his the title he has won in his first attempt.

For his outstanding debut effort, Nyasango won 5 000 Euros and also qualified for the 2015 World Championships and could also be on course to representing Zimbabwe at the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro.

Nyasango represented Zimbabwe at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and finished nineth, just two places behind Chimusasa’s position at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

Zimbabwe Olynmpic Committee’s Chief Executive Officer Anna Mguni made it clear that they are not going to send athletes to the Olympic Games in Brazil to make up the numbers but are going to send athletes whom they believe have the potential to bring back medals.

Zimbabwe has never won an athletics medal at the global sports festival and the eight medals they have won have been from hockey and swimming.

The Zimbabwean women’s hockey team won a gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow and swimmer Kirtsy Coventry has won the remaining seven medals at the Games in Athens and Beijing.

The highest a Zimbabwe track and field athlete has done at the Games was that Chimusasa seventh placing at the Barcelona Games.

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