Mugomeri, Chitate eye World Champs gold

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ZIMBABWE’S representatives at the 41st edition of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAFF) World Cross-country championships in Guiyang, China, on March 28 are ready to face their opponents.

GRACE CHIRANGANDE
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Jacob Mugomeri and Olivia Chitate who were selected to represent the country said they were hopeful of getting medals. Mugomeri said he was practising hard.

“I am preparing for the tournament and things are going well and my brother Nicholas Mugomeri has been helpful too as he coaches me, now I’m just waiting for the day of the competition to come and I hope to do well to represent my country. I want to bring gold medals home and I believe I could be in the top three in all the races,” he said.

Mugomeri finished a 12km race in a time of 37:40.18 at the Southern Region International Cross-country championships in Malawi last month to come second.

He was also victorious at the Old Mutual Westgate Half Marathon last year where he pulled an impressive display of 1 hour 3mins and 16sec.

Chitate said she was ready for the championships.

“I’m preparing and had a lot of time to be thoroughly ready for the competitions and I aim at representing my country well in China, hoping to get medals. I am out for gold and remain confident,” she said.

Chitate romped home in a time of 28:46.15 in the Southern Region International Cross-Country claiming first position. The seasoned athlete also came first at the 2015 Old Mutual Marathon earlier this month in Harare where she completed the 42,2km race in 2hours 51mins and 5sec.