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Isaac Mpofu races the heat

Story by Lawrence Trusida, Sports Editor

ZIMBABWE marathon runner Isaac Mpofu finished a commendable 16th at the World Athletics championships in Budapest, Hungary, this Sunday.

Mpofu, who has already qualified for the 2024 Olympic Games, was back at the global showpiece a year after finishing tenth in another global race.

He crossed the finishing line in 2 hours 11 minutes and 33 seconds, just three minutes behind eventual race winner Victor Kiplangat of Uganda.
Mpofu was satisfied with his performance.

“The coarse was good, all was well but temperatures were a big challenge. The place is hot, so honestly we were drained, was in good place on the 1st half, second half, I had to push hard because of heat, also it made difficult to take our supplements, as i started plotting, stomach pains, all in all we tried and with his grace we managed to finish and am satisfied with my performance,” he said.

Another Zimbabwean, Ngonidzashe Ncube who was bidding to qualify for the Olympics failed to make the qualification time after finishing 37th in a time of 2 hours and 17 minutes.

The Olympic qualification time is 2 hours 8 minutes.

The marathon runners put a wrap on Zimbabwe’s participation at the Athletics World Championships.

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