12 May 2012

Zimbabwe: Tavengwa Trains in Kenya

Photo: ING New York Marathon
Geoffrey Mutai wins ING New York Marathon 2011.

Zimbabwe female marathon runner Sharon Tavengwa will camp in Kenya until she leaves for 2012 London Olympics in July this year.

Tavengwa qualified for the global sporting event after she came first at the Utrecht marathon race in Netherlands, last month, with an A standard time of 2hrs 35min 25sec and she is the only Zimbabwe female representative in this category.

Kenya has the best terrains in the world which can provide adequate training for marathon runners in the world and the country itself has been outstanding in this category.

National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (Naaz) director of coaching, Tendai Tagara said Tavengwa requested to his association to camp in Kenya

"Tavengwa will be preparing for the London Olympics in Kenya. She will be camping in that country until she leaves for the games. She requested for that arrangement and we forwarded it to the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee and they accepted since she needed some of the assistance, such as accommodation, transport, gym and other things," he said.

"The good thing is that her training partners are Kenyan nationals, who have also qualified for the Olympics, so this will give her enough training and opportunity to improve her speed. She will also be travelling to Europe to run for other marathons while she is there."

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