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Zimbabwe: Chidzivo, Tarakinyu Shine At Two Oceans Half Marathon


Long — DISTANCE runner Fortunate Chidzivo says rising winner for the half-marathon within the ladies’s part on the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town, South Africa, on Saturday is a motivation as she appears to be like into the longer term.

It was a double delight for Zimbabwe as Moses Tarakinyu claimed the highest spot within the males’s part.

Chidzivo was the primary to cross the end line within the ladies’s class in 1 hour 14 minutes 49 seconds. She was adopted by Ethiopia’s Kore Tamiru Gelaye, who clocked 1 hour quarter-hour 14 seconds.

Fellow Zimbabwean Caroline Mhandu got here third in 1 hour quarter-hour 30 seconds.

In the boys’s part, Tarakinyu got here first in 1 hour 3 minutes 31 seconds.

He was adopted dwelling by South Africa’s pair of Elroy Gelant and Desmond Mokgobu with a time of 1 hour 3 minutes 33 seconds and 1 hour 3 minutes 34 seconds respectively.

Another Zimbabwean Isaac Mpofu made the highest 10 when coming ninth in 1 hour 4 minutes 1 second.

Speaking from South Africa, Chidzivo stated Saturday’s victory within the ladies’s race is a motivation going ahead.

“This means rather a lot. Two Oceans is without doubt one of the greatest half-marathons in Africa. It has additionally introduced confidence and I’m motivated, able to see what the longer term holds for us.

“I was very excited (to emerge the winner). At one point I thought it wasn’t going to happen when I saw the Ethiopian lady, some of the big girls at the start but it really went well. We are bringing the Two Oceans trophy home,” stated Chidzivo.

Chidzivo took management from early on, working by herself for many of the race.

The Retail Capital Langa athlete’s delight knew no bounds as she approached the end line, punching the air repeatedly in celebration of her victory.

“I had stomach cramps and was vomiting last night so to be able to win this is such a pleasure. This is a dream come true. Every year my wish has always been about standing on that top podium,” she stated.

The Zimbabwean athlete, who was coaching in South Africa forward of the race, says she is shifting her coaching base again dwelling to arrange for the Spar Women’s Series.

“I”m coming again dwelling to arrange for Spar Series, all due to Damara Bio-Agri Zimbabwe for ensuring all my journey bills are catered for,” stated Chidzivo.

In the boys’s half-marathon race, Zimbabwe’s Tarakinyu, working within the colors of Nedbank Running Club, beat defending champion Gelant into second place, his profitable time of 63:31 a mere two seconds forward of the Boxer Athletics star.

“I am very happy with this first place,” Tarakinyu stated on the end.

“It is my first time to take part in the Two Oceans. I struggled a bit from the 17km and I kept looking at where Elroy was.”

In the 56km ultra-marathon held yesterday, one of the best efficiency for Zimbabwe was from Jonathan Chinyoka, who settled for place eighth place in 3 hours 14 minutes 29 seconds.

Another Zimbabwean runner Lyno Muchena completed on place 25 in 3 hours 26 minutes 6 seconds and Prosper Mutwira settled for place 27 in 3 hours 27 minutes and Mike Fokorani was on place 29 with a time of three hours 27 minutes 33 seconds.

Collen Makaza, who’s the coach for Caroline Mhandu, Jonathan Chinyoka and Patience Murowe at Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service, was happy by the efficiency by the athletes.