The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Juwawo Consolidates Status

ZIMBABWE Olympian Wirimai Juwawo consolidated his status as one of the best long distance runners in the country when he won the Dr Simon Muzenda Gutu Half Marathon at Mupandawana on Saturday. Juwawo, who came a credible 15th at the London Olympic Games in the marathon, seems to be winning for fun as he added the Dr Muzenda accolade to the Tanganda and Old Mutual Marathons he won last month.

The athlete went home with US$2 500 in the race meant to celebrate the life of the late Vice President of Zimbabwe, Simon Muzenda.

The late Vice President's family and well-wishers supported the event.

The Shabanie Mine athlete stopped the clock in 63 minutes while George Majaji from Freda Rebecca was second on 64 minutes 58 seconds.

Another classy runner Cutbert Nyasango came third in same event.

Nyasango also represented Zimbabwe at the London Games where he finished seventh in the marathon.

On Saturday, the seasoned Nyasango completed the half marathon in 65 minutes while Jonathan Chinyoka was fourth.

In the women's section, Rutendo Nyahora took the first prize home after posting 76 minutes 08 seconds to win the race ahead of Olivia Chitate and Faith Nyasango.

There were also prizes for the other categories which saw a number of residents of Gutu walking away with ploughs, bicycles and wheelbarrows.

Meanwhile, all is not well in the Mashonaland Central Athletics board with clubs and stakeholders accusing their chairperson Thomas Arab of mismanagement.

The clubs allege that the elected body had become dysfunctional in the province as only Arab and secretary-general Pretty Mawere were making decisions.

"The other members of the executive are being sidelined in decisions and as clubs we are pained. We had approached the SRC and the national executive to assist us.

"As of now we no longer have any confidence in the executive which had been neglecting our pleas for meeting for so long. Instead, of attending administration courses, Arab and Mawere are busy blocking coaches from attending coaching courses and this is why we have asked veteran coach Artwell Mandaza to help us," said clubs in their petition.

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