Majoni targets Boston Half Marathon

HARARE - Zimbabwe top female wheelchair athlete Moleen Majoni has set her sights on qualifying for next year’s Boston Half Marathon when she competes at the Lisbon 21km race in Portugal next month.

The leading local female Paralympian is upbeat about participating in only her first half marathon race in Portugal on October 2.

The Boston Half Marathon is scheduled for April next year which is Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts and will be the 121st running of the race.

The 2015 and 2016 editions saw a field of about 30 000 athletes participating in the event with about 80 percent of entries having been reserved for time qualifiers.

“It’s a great feeling have been considered to take part in this race.

It’s going to be my first time and it really means a lot to me as an athlete to participate in a race which serves as a qualifier for Boston Half Marathon which is a world championships race,” Majoni told the Daily News.

“Doing well at this race will be a dream come true for I would be able to get a world ranking and a record as well and most importantly I will be aiming to lift the country’s flag high in Lisbon and keep the momentum going in the same way one of the greatest Paralympian Elliot Mujaji did in his hey days.”

While the 35-year-old 2015 Sports Woman of the Year with Disability silver-medallist knows what’s expected of her on the track, she currently has to negotiate a gigantic challenge that includes getting a new racing wheelchair as well as securing flight tickets for two; hers and her manager Nyasha Nhau who is also living with a disability.

Nhau tells the Daily News of the athlete’s challenges.

“Preparations are at an advanced stage only that Moleen is looking for a new wheelchair racer as the one she is using is quite old and could costs us the race,” Nhau said.

“Given the wheelchair and air tickets for both of us at $1 200 per person, I can assure you the nation that nine if not 10 times out of 10 we can turn up side down the Zimbabwe disability sports to live above the waters and be a force to reckon with in competitions such as South Africa, Asia and Europe but the most important thing at this stage is the issue of air tickets and visas.”

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