8 November 2018
HALF Marathon runner, Betha Chikanga has completed her 2018 season with a gold medal victory at the Old Mutual Soweto Half Marathon held in South Africa recently.
Chikanga finished the race in 1 hour 17 minutes beating here last year’s second position time of 1 hour 22 minutes.
In an interview with H-Metro, the 22 year old athlete said she is elated to be finishing off her season in a style.
“I’m so happy to finally conclude my season with a good performance.
“I had a great experience this year. I learnt a lot of helpful things on how to go up and down the mountain terrain and also how to distribute my power.
“Its high time I take a rest because I have been competing since March,
“I can safely say this year I managed to achieve 50 percent of my dreams and I’m confident next year I will improve,” she said.
Commenting on the race, Chikanga said:
“I had prepared so hard for this race and I also used the Vumba half marathon where I finished third to work on my timing and fitness.
“The competition was tough but because I was very fit I managed to finish with a good time.
“I led from the 5 km mark to finishing and managed to beat Caroline Mhandu with a difference of three minutes. She went on to finish on second position,” Chikanga said.
Chikanga also participated at the Copenhagen race in Denmark in September where she recorded her personal best of 1 hour 13 minutes and finished on position 18 said the race was an eye opener.
“I learnt how to train for half marathon, how to maintain your speed during the race and to exercise more.”
Chikanga who has since lifted her focus to the Olympics and other world races said:
“I want to participate more o world races and to improve my time to at least 69 mins on half marathon.”
She added: “Besides being just in the road running, I also took time to visit other aspiring athletes in the rural areas to for motivation.”
“I’m very passionate about the sport and would want to see other young athletes achieve more.”