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    Blanket Mine athlete wins international marathon for the 8th time


    ELLEN MLAMBO
    BEITBRIDGE BUREAU

    BEITBRIDGE – Nkosiyazi Sibanda (37) of Blanket Mine Athletics Club, Gwanda has set a record by winning the Two Countries Marathon Champion for the eighth time.
    The event took place on Saturday.
    The Two Countries Marathon Champion is jointly organized by Musina Municipality of South Africa and Beitbridge Town Council as part of their twining arrangement.
    Sibanda romped home in a time of 2 hours 30 minutes, 41 seconds which is a drop on his time last year of 2 hours 25 minutes.
    The 42km event starts from Beitbridge and crosses the border into South Africa where it ends at at Eric Louw High school outside Musina. There are three other events that take place concurrently with the Marathon and these are the 21km race, the 10km race and the 5km race but these take place in Musina.
    Sibanda walked away with R 7 000 and a gold medal for his performance whilst Peter Tumbare (33) of Airforce of Zimbabwe, Harare who had started participating in the marathon this year came second and received R 4 000 and a silver medal. Lyno Muchena (30) of Mutare came third and walked away with R 3 000 and a bronze medal. On fourth position was …. Mapoto who received R 2 500 and Koko who was on fifth position walked away with R 2 000
    The marathon race is categorized into three races, 42km, 21 and 10 kms.
    Sibanda completed in 2 hours 30 minutes, 41 seconds whilst last year he completed in 2 hours 25 minutes. Tumbare completed in 2 hours 31minutes 31seconds whilstMuchena completed in 2 hours 32 minutes 31 seconds.
    In the 21 km race, Tatenda Hove was on first position after completing the race in 1 hour 6 minutes 13 seconds, Robson Chigara was on second position, on third position was Christopher Gondwe, Bethuel Nwtshitenzhe took fourth position and on fifth position was Nkosentsha Nkiwanile.
    From Beitbridge the athletes followed the border line towards Madimbo corridor due East, approached the junction towards Malala Drift Road and they turned right heading towards Chipise Road.
    Sibanda said he was happy for winning the race for the eighth time since he started participating in 2007.
    Last year Sibanda took second position after he lost to a South African athlete Lutendo Mapoto.
    The Marathon which saw participation of 91 athletes from South Africa, Zimbabwe and two athletes from Kenya started at 7:30.
    Beitbridge East MP Albert Nguluvhe who took part in the first 10km said the marathon encourages unity amongst the two countries.
    Musina Municipality race coordinator Matthews Sithole said the marathon is a good event but it lacked marketing.
    Zimbabwean race coordinator, Beitbridge RDC Administrator Peter Ncube said the race gives a platform for cooperation on local governance issues for South Africa and Zimbabwe and builds relations for people from the two countries.

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