Toddler illuminates cross country event

BULAWAYO - Six-year-old grade one pupil Obey Makamu stole the show at the Bulawayo Athletics Board organized Nketa Park Cross Country event on Sunday.

The Samatonga Primary School student took part in the Boys Under-16, 6 kilometre race and finished in position 14 with a time of 28:39:66.

CATCH THEM YOUNG: Obey Makamu makes his way through the Nketa Cross Country race over the weekend.

Makamu’s time was faster than that of the Under-16 girls winner, who ran the same distance in 31:10:93.

A total of 21 athletes took part in the race and seven of these finished behind the Ehlekwini-based tiny tot.

The Under-16 boys race was won by Mpopoma’s Alicate Matiza, who crossed the finishing line in 22:31:53.

Makamu ran alongside his father Brian, who is a former professional athlete and used to represent Harlem Athletics Club in Mutare.

The elder Makamu said his son had taken an interest in athletics at a very tender age.

“He started following me around when I was practicing on the athletics track when he was just two years old and as he grew older he started to tag along when I went road running,” Makamu Snr said.

“The boy can now run 10 kilometres in 47 minutes and it is my wish that he maintains his love for athletics and go on to make a living from the sport.”

The senior men’s race was dominated by ZRP Fairbridge athletes with the first three positions going to runners from the police club.

Isaac Mpofu won the race which was run over a distance of 12 kilometres in a time of 39:16:42 while in second place there was Ngonidzashe Ncube, who finished in 39:16:74 while Trust Chidomaya was third in 39:40:16.

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