Nyasango fails to finish in London

HARARE - Zimbabwe's long-distance star Cuthbert Nyasango failed to cope with the burden of expectation as he came unstuck in the men’s marathon at the World Athletics Championships in London yesterday.

Nyasango, who was making his second consecutive appearance at the IAAF World Championships, arrived in England as Zimbabwe’s pre-race favourite but failed to finish the gruelling race.

United States-based Pardon Ndlovu emerged as the first Zimbabwean home in position 33 after stopping the clock in 2:18:37 seconds.

Ndlovu was 10 minutes behind winner Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui of Kenya, who crossed the line at Tower Bridge in 2:8:27 seconds. The 24-year-old finished a minute 22 seconds ahead of Ethiopian Tamirat Tola to claim Kenya’s first gold medal at the event.

Kenya currently sit in third place on the medals list, with one gold, a silver and a bronze, with United States leading with four medals comprising one gold, two silver and a bronze.

The United State’s gold medal came through the exploits of Justin Gatlin who beat Usain Bolt in the Jamaican’s swansong race with a season best of 9.92 seconds.

The Jamaican will retire after the IAAF World Championships in London, bringing the curtain down on an incomparable career.

As for Zimbabwe, who are not entertaining any medal hopes in London, Ndlovu felt he had given it his best as his time was two minutes behind his personal best of 2:16:52 achieved in Houston Texas in January 2015.

Millen Matende was Zimbabwe’s second man home, finishing in position 47 with a time of 2:21:54, some three minutes behind his personal best of 2:18:23 achieved in Cape Town last year.

The five-member Zimbabwean team was selected by the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ).

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