Mabhunu, Chitate win Old Mutual race

BULAWAYO - Elijah Mabhunu managed to win the third edition of the Old Mutual Nkulumane 10km Fun Run in a time of 29:50:23.

In the ladies category, 27-year-old Olivia Chitate made it three in a row when she won the race in a time of 33:40:71.

The two athletes were rewarded $1 000 each for their efforts and were both happy for their triumphs.

“The race was so tough because all top athletes were here. This year, I was recruited in the Zimbabwe Republic Police, there is intense training there. The training really contributed much to my winning,” said the25-year-old Mabhunu.

“Last year, I won almost all the races and this has been my encouragement. Age is still on my side and my target is to participate in the world races like the Olympics.”

Chitate was also delighted: “The race was OK and the competition was tough. I’m happy I have improved my time from last year. Hard work, determination, zeal and commitment have been the secret to my success.

“The race was well organised from the start up to the end. We had enough water points and ushers. Even after the race the recording and prize giving was super.

“My target is to go to the All Africa Games and will target the Olympics in Brazil next year.”

Gilbert Gumpo, the general manager of Old Mutual Property, was delighted with the turnout of the athletes from all over the country.

“I am happy that the people came to support the event especially the clubs. The athletes came from all over the country and this shows that it’s a national event,” he said.

“Our events as Old Mutual cater for all that is the young, old and even the disabled. In future we expect schools, churches and the community to be part of the event. We also encourage people to do sport as it is good for their health.”

Results

10km Men: Mabhunu Elijah 29.50.23, Majaji George 30.15.34, Masunda Lewis 30.22.13, Mpofu Isaac 30.31.82, Mudzinganyama Givemore 30.40.55.

10km Women: Olivia Chitate 33.40.71, Constance Nyasango 34.25.42, Patience Murove 38.31.65, Faith Nyasango 38.40.08, Sharon Tavengwa 40.46.32.

10km Junior Men: Jay Kuveya 31.39.07, Richmond Tinorwa 32.32.40, HlalaniNgwenya 33.25.18

10km Junior Women: Nevia Maganzo 45.37.47, Sandra Taderera 47.18.37, Cynthia Taderera 48.39.06

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