Juwawo wins Westgate marathon

HARARE - London 2012 Olympian Wirimai Juwawo continued his dominance of local marathon after winning the Westgate Half-Marathon yesterday, some eight minutes ahead of the chasing pack.

The Shabanie Mine-based long distance runner, competing in an unfamiliar half-marathon category, broke away at the six kilometre peg and eased home to claim the $3 000 cash prize.

The Old Mutual funded competition was bankrolled to the tune of $21 000, upped from the $16 000 last year.

Juwawo set a winning time of 1.02.70, a considerable distance ahead of second-placed Calvin Pangiso, who finished in 1.10.38 to take home $1 500.

Edmore Sibanda crossed the line in third place in a time of 1.10.56 to pocket $1 000.

Top local female athlete Rutendo Nyahora edged Netherlands-based Sharon Tavengwa to win the women’s race in 1.11.33. She also won $3 000.

Tavengwa, who was high on confidence after winning the Tanganda Tea Half-Marathon a week earlier in Mutare, finished second with Faith Nyasango coming third.

In the wheelchair category, reigning Sportsman of the Year with a Disability Elford Moyo won $1 000 after finishing first with a time of 1.11.17.

The Nkayi-raised Moyo was home some four minutes ahead of second placed Samson Muroyiwa.

Mollen Majoni was the first woman home in the wheelchair class with Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability Margret Bangajena finishing second.

Potifa Dombojena finished first in the 10km men’s category to walk away with $500 while Stilusiwe Zhou won the women’s race.

Freddy Kashiri won the Grandmasters class title of the half marathon event with Annastania Masiru being the first woman Grandmaster home.

The veterans class was won by Abel Chimukoko and Sibingo Chihwayi in the men’s and women’s categories respectively.

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