BATTLE-HARDENED long-distance runner Sharon Tawengwa overcame a knee problem to take a commendable sixth place at the International Association Athletics Federation 42km Nice Marathon event in France in 2hr 51min on Sunday.
Before her departure for Europe last week, the pencil-slim athlete indicated to NewsDay Sport that she was not targetting anything as she was still testing her knee problem which saw her pulling out of the Summer London Olympics in August this year.
But it seemed she was fast hitting her stride, as in the past few weeks she has been participating in local marathons and won the Tanganda 21km Half-Marathon in Mutare and the Vumba 21km race.
Tawengwa said it was tough for her as she struggled finishing the race.
“The race was tough for me again. The first half was perfect, but in the last 10km I reduced my pace because l was suffering more pains on my right leg. It was more painful when I approached the hills,” she said.
“I am happy, though that I came sixth and l manage to finish the race,” she added.
National Association Athletics of Zimbabwe director of coaching Tendai Tagara, who has been monitoring the athlete, said he was happy with the result.
“Yes, she might be suffering from a knee problem, but these marathons attract over thousand international athletes and that was a good result for her and l am generally happy for that,”