SHABANIE’s long-distance runner Wirimai Juwawo successfully defended the old Mutual 10km race yesterday in Nkulumane, but failed to beat his record for last year.
Juwawo crossed the finishing line in 30mins 14,89secs.
Last year Juwawo set a record of 29mins 50,3secs.
Juwawo shrugged off challenge from Harare’s Kevin Pangiso in the last kilometre stretch to walk away $1 000 richer.
The Shabanie long-distance runner said it had been a tough race.
“It was tough, but I am happy I defended my title. I have not been doing well in the past races but this time I managed to come first competing against the athletes who have been beating me.
“I was actually slow because I failed to beat my record from last year,” Juwawo said.
Pangiso picked up $750 for coming second in 30mins 15,40secs while Lewis Musunda got $500 after he emerged third.
Phathisa Ngwabi came fourth and walked away with $300 while Jonathan Chinyoka pocketed $100 for coming fifth.
In the women’s senior category Olivia Chitate beat the defending champion Rutendo Nyahora to bask in glory after hitting the tape in 35mins 32,71secs although she also failed to beat the standing record set by Nyahora last year.
Chitate pocketed $1 000 for coming first.
Nyahora got $750. Constance Nyasango received $500 for coming third. Faith Nyasango came fourth and walked away with $300 while the last prize of $100 went to Faith Moyo who came fifth.
Bulawayo Athletics Board (BAB) was once again caught on the wrong side as they poorly handled the event.
They failed to produce detailed results for other categories.
The juniors, wheelchair, veteran, masters and grand masters’ category results were incomplete.
BAB have previously been caught on the wrong side as last month officials almost engaged in fist fights with athletes in the Masiyephambili marathon as the runners demanded to know monetary prizes before they competed.
The chaos saw top athletes withdrawing from the race.
BAB also failed to disclose the monetary prizes for other categories to the media as the association chairperson Manuel Mpofu and the secretary-general Dailes Bingadadi evaded journalists.
The men’s wheelchair category was won by Samson Muroiwa who beat Melford Moyo and Munyaradzi Kadziro, while Margaret Bangajena came first in the women’s category getting the better of Dorcas Hwatiri and Madeline Madzivire.
The men’s junior 10km race was won by Wellington Varevi who beat Tendai Zimuto and Daniel Ncube.
Faith Moyo of Sparrows beat Nemane High School’s duo of Precaution Moyo and Talent Maphosa to win the women’s junior 10km race.
In the juniors’ 5km race Nobuhle Moyo beat Sikhathele Nkomazana and Nomusa Phiri who came second and third respectively in the women’s category while Tawanda Matunu won the men’s category coming before Derick Matiza and David Musonda.