OLYMPIAN Wirimai Juwawo won the Old Mutual Nkulumane 10km Fun Run which was held at the Nkulumane Complex in Bulawayo yesterday. The long distance runner, who will represent Zimbabwe at the Rio 2016 Olympics in August, romped home in a time of 30 minutes 18 seconds to take the $500 first prize.
The Old Mutual 10km race attracted a number of seasoned runners including Kadoma-based Jacob Mugomeri, who was a threat to Juwawo. Mugomeri came second in 30 minutes 22 seconds and won himself $400, while Kelvin Pangiso was third in 30 minutes 34 seconds.
Trust Chidomaya ran 30 minutes 45 seconds to claim fourth-place, while Wellington Varevi settled for fifth in 30 minutes 56 seconds. In the women’s category, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) athlete Patience Murova beat defending champion Olivia Chitate of ZRP.
Murova clocked 36 minutes 15 seconds, while Chitate was second in 36 minutes 41 seconds. Chiedza Chokore, an independent runner, was third in 37 minutes 06 seconds, while Constance Nyasango finished fourth in 37 minutes 10 seconds.
Olympics-bound Rutendo Nyahora finished a disappointing fifth in an uninspiring time of 38 minutes 18 seconds.
Bulawayo Athletics Board (Bab) chairman Manuel Mpofu said the race was a success and featured 730 participants.
“Last year we had 520 people competing and the figure rose to 730 this year. This is the best attendance and we hope to get to 1,000 participants next year. That figure can be surpassed if this event is marketed well,” said Mpofu.
Men: 1. Wirimai Juwawo (30min 18sec), 2. Jacob Mugomeri (30min 22s), 3. Kelvin Pangiso (30min 34s), 4. Trust Chidomaya (30min 45s), 5. Wellington Varevi (30min 56s)
Women: 1. Patience Murova (36min 15s), 2. Olivia Chitate (36min 41s), 3. Chiedza Chokore (37min 06s), 4. Constance Nyasango (37min 10s), 5. Rutendo Nyahora (38min 18s)
Men: 1. Jay Kuveya (32mins 40sec), 2. Dumo Mkhwananzi (33mins 10sec), 3. Ferguson Mhlanga (34mins 30sec), 4. Samuel Goshoni (34mins 37sec), 5. Bradley Makuvire (34mins 52sec)
Women: 1. Sandra Taderera (50mins 30sec), 2. Tatenda Ndlovu (55mins 16sec), 3. Cynthia Taderera (one hour 01min), 4. Michelle Mamvura (one hour 12mins 12sec), 5. Nicolle Chiomadzi (one hour 14mins 06sec)
Men: 1. Elford Moyo (38mins 08sec), 2. Samson Muroyiwa (45mins 51sec), 3. Tapiwa Munyaradzi (one hour 0.90sec)
Women: 1. Thandiwe Ndlovu (one hour 0.89sec), 2. Ratidzo Tomu (one hour 13mins 20sec), Moleen Muza (one hour 20mins 0.40sec)