Canisious ‘Navara’ Nyamutsita and Rutendo Nyahora clinched the men’s and women’s 2018 edition of the Old mutual sponsored Westgate 21 km half marathon held this Sunday morning.
The annual half marathon, which starts and finishes at Westgate shopping mall in Harare, attracted a huge field of local and a sprinkling of international athletes as well as social and fitness enthusiasts who competed in the 5km fun run.
Nyamutsita revealed his targets and said he was pleased to win in a time of 1 hour and 3 minutes.
“I would like to compete at the highest level and on the international scene including the Olympics which is my target…in fact next month I am going to compete in Denmark so I am pacing myself and trying improve on my times,” he said.
South Africa based athlete, Nyahora, who was the first woman home in a time of 1 hour and 18 minutes, said she surprised herself as did not expect to win after suffering from fatigue and coming from a hamstring injury.
“I have been out and I only started running this July due to a hamstring injury. During the race, fatigue would creep in since I have been rubbing every week for the last five weeks and trying to peak and qualify for the world championships next year,” she said.
The annual 21km race has become one of the prestigious road races in the country and this year featured Kenyan athletes.
Harare Athletics Board (HAB), organisers of the race, said it was a successful event and confirmed this year’s prize money of $3000 for the main race, the 21km, for both men and women winners, while winners in other categories would share a prize of $25 770 from principal sponsor, Old Mutual.