Zimbabwe: Waison, Nyahora Wins Old Mutual Race

    Blessing Waison of Cadence Academy won this year’s Old Mutual Harare marathon at Old Georgians in Harare yesterday.

    Waison, crossed the finish line in 2 hours 17 minutes 43 seconds to beat other top athletes such as Kelvin Pangiso, who came second in 2 hours 18 minutes 39 seconds.

    The Mutare-born athlete was impressed with his performance after claiming the top spot, which came with a US$1000 prize.

    He noted that it was a tough competition with most top athletes taking part in the race.

    “The race was tough because all the top athletes were here. I was trying to help my club-mate Godwin Katakura, who managed a third-place finish. I managed to break through at the 26km peg and from there I managed to maintain my position.

    “I was well prepared because I am also preparing for a race in Botswana in two weeks. So this allows me to see my preparedness. I have been training hard and I thank my coaches at Cadence Academy for their efforts in pushing me.

    “I had a good start from the starting point because I knew that I was fit. After 26 kilometres, I maintained my speed until I crossed the finish line.

    “I am really happy because I have been improving and I am getting there. My performance keeps on encouraging me to hope for the best, such as doing well at the upcoming race in Botswana,” said Waison.

    Katakura came third in 2 hours 19 minutes and 12 seconds, with seasoned athlete Jonathan Chinyoka coming fourth in a time of 2 hours 21 minutes 29 seconds.