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Chivhu athlete wins 10km wheelchair race

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Chivhu athlete wins 10km wheelchair race


Theresa Zibowa
Mirror Reporter

Chikomba – Ten kilometers is arduous on foot what more on a wheelchair?
Ratidzo Tomu (50) who was disabled in 1999 due to an accident completed the 10km CBZ wheelchair race held at the Old Georgian Athletics Club in Harare on Sunday.
She came second in a competition where participants were drawn from all CBZ branches, Police, and the army. Tomu who has won medals before earned herself US$300 and a silver medal.
Tomu who was voted the 2017 Sportswoman of the Year with Disability was over the moon as this achievement would see her participate in the regional competitions in Victoria Falls in June.
She however, said that her biggest problem in previous competitions was to get money to register for the racing competition and transport to travel to the venues.
“I am happy to win the CBZ wheelchair race. This means l will now proceed for regional competitions to be held in Victoria Falls in June. I am however, appealing to well-wishers to help me with registration fees for all future wheelchair competitions to be held this year. I always fail to attend these competitions due to financial constraints,” said Tomu.
The 1999 accident caused a spinal cord injury on Tomu.
Some of the races that Tomu won are the 21km regional race in Botswana where she snatched a gold medal, the International OCC 21km marathon race held in South Africa in 2022 where she also got a gold. She won the same race in 2016 and 2017.
Tomu is also talented in sewing and her specialty are bridal hats and clothes.
She however, is currently not sewing as she rents a single room with no electricity.

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