TOP Zimbabwe athletes, Sharon Tavengwa and George Majaji romped homed first in the women and men’s categories respectively, to win this year’s edition of the 30km Hope Fountain Race on Sunday.
Report by Sukoluhle Mthethwa
Both emerged $500 richer in the race which was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Belmont to the tune of $7 120.
Tavengwa came home in a time of 1 hour 57,25 seconds beating last year winner Muchaneta Gwata’s time of 2 hours 6,12 seconds.
Majaji was first in a time of 1 hour 35,34 seconds and beat the time set by last year’s winner Nkosiyazi Sibanda of Blanket Mine who clocked 1 hour 36,55 seconds.
Majaji was over the moon after the victory.
“It was a good race and I am happy that I won it for the first time. I led the race from the start and when we got to 20km I was still in the lead. I got stiff challenge from (Kelvin) Pangiso and (Nkosiyazi) Sibanda. I am happy that I broke last year’s record. I was also using the race for the upcoming race in Danzou, China, on December 15,” he said.
Pangiso of Zimbabwe Prison Services was second in the men’s category in 1 hour 35,41 seconds while Sibanda was third in 1 hour 36,25 seconds.
Gwata failed to defend her title, but was the runner-up in a time of 2 hour 01,01 seconds while Chiedza Chokore was third in 2 hours 02,01 seconds. Veteran runner Samukeliso Moyo was fourth in a time of 2 hours 09,45 seconds.
The senior men’s relay race of 3x10km was won by New ZimSteel in 1 hour 34,59 seconds while Zimbabwe Republic Police crossed the line first in the women’s category in 2 hours 01,01 seconds.
In the junior relay races in the boys’ section, ZRP emerged winners in 1 hour 51,23 seconds while Sparrows clinched the first prize in the girls category in 2 hours 09,26 seconds.