Ellina Mhlanga 

Senior Sports Reporter 

TENDAI Zimuto was yesterday crowned the CBZ Marathon winner for the second year in a row at Old Georgians Sports Club.

Zimuto clocked 2hours 18minutes 38seconds to win the race which attracted seasoned runners such as Nedbank’s Lyno Muchena, who came second in 2hours 19minutes 45seconds. 

The Black Rhinos athlete is currently in camp training for an Olympic qualifying race in April. 

“I am happy, this was part of my training and Isaac (Mpofu) has been helping me with advice on how to run these races, especially a marathon. 

“Last time I took a gamble but this time I was better prepared, I had my own strategies and it also helped assess those strategies before my next race. 

“So it worked out well, I took the lead, I think it was about 30km into the race and I maintained that until the finish line,” said Zimuto.

In third place was Godwin Katakura from Cadence in 2hours 19minutes 57seconds. 

In the women’s category Rudo Mhonderwa claimed the first spot in 2hours 54minutes 28seconds. 

“Last year things were tough for me because I was just coming from a maternity break. So I think now bit by bit I am gaining the fitness back.

“I am still preparing for my other upcoming events, so I am happy with the time I ran today. I just want to pay tribute to my teammates I train with at Cadence.

“As an athlete it’s tough to come back because everything seems new. It’s quite difficult but you just need to be strong enough and know that you have to go stage by stage until you get there,” said Mhonderwa. 

Patience Garauzive from Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service crossed the finish line in second position in 2hours 56minutes 21seconds. 

She was followed by Chiedza Chokore of Nedbank in third place in 2hours 57minutes 58seconds. 

“Today’s race was much better since I have been struggling with injuries. I was just trying to see how I proceed going forward because I was not even doing long runs. I was surprised to see myself in the top three,” said Garauzive.  

Zimuto and Mhonderwa received US$1000.

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