Munyaradzi Jari wins anti-sanctions half marathon

By Lawrence Trusida

BIG GUNS dominated the Anti-Sanctions Marathon held Harava Dam in Chitungwiza this Monday.

Munyaradzi Jari asserted his dominance as one of the finest marathon runners in the country after striding to victory in 59 mins 23 seconds in the men’s 21km race.

Jari, who is vying to qualify for the World Marathon Championships next year, was followed closely by Moses Takarino who upset Jari just 24 hours ago in the Exide Marathon.

“I am happy with my run. As you know, I am preparing for the World Championships, so I am making corrections to the mistakes I made in South Africa last time around and I believe I will be ready,” said Jari.

In the ladies category, Tryphine Picardo of ZRP Athletics Club romped to victory in one hour, 10 minutes ahead of Caroline Mhandi and Moreblessing Masvosve.

For Picardo getting the victory in her hometown means a lot.

Said Picardo: “Ndafara you know ma races haambouyewo kuno, so for me to win in Chitungwiza this means a lot, in my hometown ndafara zvisingaite and I have represented the people of Chitungwiza very well.”

The fight against sanctions on the track also brought out legendary long-distance runner, Stephen Muzhingi from his sabbatical.

Muzhingi won the Comrades Marathon on three consecutive occasions and had another podium finish at the Two Oceans race in South Africa.

“My coaches were always telling me to rest so when I lost my wife then COVID-19 came, I decided to use the time to rest but now am back I want to win the comrades again,” Muzhingi said.

Veteran Patience Murove won the 10km women’s race, while Kelvin Pangiso was the winner in the men’s section.

There were no surprises as Elford Moyo was the first wheelchair racer to cross the line in the men’s category, while there was a shock in the ladies section after Stella Jongwe won the race ahead of decorated racer, Magret Bangajena.

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