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    Zvishavane Paraplegic wins AA Mines athletics




    SHARON NYAYA
    MIDLANDS BUREAU

    ZVISHAVANE
    - Paraplegic Athletics Club (ZPAC) of Zvishavane has won this year's edition of the Africa Associated Mines Track and Field Championships (AAM) which were held at Maglas Stadium recently.
    The club managed a 61 medal haul comprising of 19 gold, 22 silver and 20 bronze while hosts Shabanie Mine were second with 16 gold medals, 13 silver and 5 bronze medals.
    Seven clubs took part at this year's edition of the track and field championships.
    Gwanda based LM Academy were a distant third with 6 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze while Errymaple, Mashonaland Central based Muzarabani, Just Do It of Gweru and Kwekwe's St Joseph came fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.
    Midlands Athletics Board (MAB) secretary William Chuwa said despite the low turnout the level of competition was very high.
    "The games were quite good despite the low numbers. This was maybe because of the economic situation.  The other reason is the fact that this year's championships were held during the holidays and most schools failed to come.
    "Generally, the competition was tight and athletes had to sweat for the medals. The championships are also important in identifying new talent and we had budding athletes which could become household names in the future," he said.
    The games were bankrolled by Pote Holdings, Fidelity Life
    Assurance and South Africa based mining concern, Bold Mine Projects.
    Seasoned long distance runner Wirimai Zhuwao was one of the experienced athletes who took part at the championships which saw him qualifying for Zimbabwe International Trade Fair 4 Mile race to be held in Bulawayo at the end of this month after clocking 4 minutes 21 seconds in the Coca Cola mile.
    The qualifying time for the ZITF mile has been set 4 minutes 31 seconds.sport news
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