Pangiso, Nyahora win Tanganda Half-Marathon

MUTARE - Kelvin Pangiso overcame a calf injury to peep Olympian Wirimayi Juwao in yesterday’s Tanganda Half-Marathon with veteran campaigner Rutendo Nyahora winning the women’s race by a mile.

Pangiso, a Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services athlete who has only been doing speed training once a week in the run up to the race, romped home in a time of 1:05:017 with Juwao a close second with 1:05:39 while Kanishias Navara Nyamutsita came third in 1:06:45.

Juwao’s 2012 record of 1:02:43, however, remains intact.

In the women’s section, Nyahora hit the ribbon in 1:18:52 with Patience Murowe a distant second on 1:21:35 while Faith Nyasango came third on 1:21:55.

Pangiso said he had intended to drop-off after 10km but had to push on upon realising his competitors were a long way off but had to endure excruciating pain in the last six kilometres.

“I just had to concentrate on just lifting my knees up to fool the person behind as he would think I was still going strong,” he said.

Last year’s winners Elijah Mabhunu and Constance Nyasango both did not defend their titles after dropping back into the 10km races owing to their club Zimbabwe Republic Police’s contractual obligations to give a strong account in the impending regional competitions in Swaziland. Mabhunu won the race in 31:01 ahead of Munyaradzi Jari and Blessing Wayison who had 31:18 and 31:19 respectively.

“We were given permission to come but were limited to run the 10km races because of the Sapco games,” Mabhunu said.

Nyasango, however, came second in 38:09 behind Olivia Chitate who had 37:24. Ethel Sibanda was third with 38:55.

Over 600 athletes took part in the event which included wheelchair categories which were won by Elford Moyo and Tandiwe Ndlovu.

Manicaland Athletics Board (Mab) secretary general Taurai Gatsi said the event had been growing each year.

“It’s improving each year and the number of athletes has been increasing each year and we have been able to consistently attract top athletes every time,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tanganda Tea Company’s finance director Henry Nemaire revealed that his company would donate $3 200 towards the shipping of three wheelchairs donated by Challenged Athletes Foundation for Wheelchair Athletes.

“As Tanganda we understand the importance of sowing and reaping. We are sowing $3 200 to facilitate the movement of wheelchairs from the USA through Cape Town to Zimbabwe in response to a plea from Wheelchair Athletes,’ he said.

“We are acknowledging wheelchair athletes’ consistent support of the competition over the years.”

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