VETERAN middle distance runner Nkosiyazi Sibanda beat his last year record by four minutes to successfully defend his Econet 42km Victoria Falls Marathon title.
Vitalis Moyo in Victoria Falls
Sibanda walked away $500 richer after leading the pack from the starting point through the course to romp home in
two hours 19mins and 11sec.
Last year, he crossed the finishing line in two hours 23mins and 11sec, while this year’s second-placed Leonard Koki and Collin Parura failed to beat that record, crossing the line in two hours 23mins and 53sec.
Sibanda was ecstatic about defending the title and beating his own record.
“I came into this race as the defending champion and that made me very determined to win. I had trained hard all year for this marathon and it has paid off. I’m looking forward to continue dominating the race in the coming editions,” he said.
The women’s category was won by veteran long distance runner Samukeliso Moyo, who finished in two hours 54 mins and 34sec, with Chiedza Choko coming in second in two hours 57mins and 49sec, while Muchaneta Gwata came in at third.
The half Marathon was won by Wirimai Juwawo, who clocked one hour five minutes and 49sec, while Contance Nyasango won the women’s half marathon in one hour 18mins and 56sec.