Jonathan Chinyoka seals back to back marathon wins

Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Athletics club athlete Jonathan Chinyoka sealed back to back marathon wins after powering to glory in the CBZ Marathon Sunday.
The 2020 edition of the CBZ Marathon sparked excitement with a field of more than 1700 athletes lining up. Comrades marathon winner Edward Mothibi was among those that were vying for pole position.
In the 42 kilometre event, Jonathan Chinyoka led from the start as he sought to maintain form exhibited at the Old Mutual marathon last month. Despite stiff competition, Chinyoka finished in pole position after registering a time of 2 hours 18 minutes with Prosper Mutwira coming second with a time of 2 hours 23 minutes. In third place was Tawanda Bvunzawabaya.
In the 21-kilometre men’s race Abel Chibanda claimed pole position. Also to claim back to back wins was Olivia Chitate who reigned supreme in the ladies category, finishing ahead of Faith Nyasango. In the 21-kilometre ladies race Patience Murove scooped gold after finishing ahead of Miriam Sibanda.
Winners of the 42 kilometre and 21-kilometre men’s races Jonathan Chinyoka and Abel Chibanda were both elated to scoop gold at the second edition of the CBZ Marathon.
“I am extremely happy to have won today. I think it is only proper to thank the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correction Services without whom I would not have been able to train as hard as I have been doing., It was tough but I am glad with my performance, I look forward to other races namely the two oceans marathon and the comrades,” said Chinyoka.
“It is exciting to finish first in such a competitive field. I did not quite prepare the way I wanted but in the end, I was able to finish first and it is really an amazing feeling,” Chibanda said.
With Olympic qualifications on the minds of many of Zimbabwe’s long-distance runners focus is now set to shift to the two oceans and comrades marathon as athletes seek to register qualifying times.