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Prize galore at Police CG road race 

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Prize galore at Police CG road race 


Simbarashe Mtembo 

MASVINGO –Forty-nine athletes, mostly members of the Police walked away with prize money with the least taking home ZWL$100 000 from Saturday’s Commissioner General (CG) of Police’s twelfth edition of the 21km road race held in Masvingo.
The Old Mutual-sponsored road race began and ended at Caravan Park after taking athletes to the DB Stopover club and Hillside suburb. 
The race was three categories, the five km fun run, the 10 km road race and the 21 km road race. The races had an open category, and athletes were grouped based on age. 

Members of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) athletic clubs, most notably the Black Rhinos scooped eight medals. Individual athletes won seven medals and Nedbank Athletics Club bagged four medals. Mr Pace Athletics Club scooped two medals. 
Other clubs and institutions such as Vision Academy, Mutare Club, Masvingo Club, Mimosa, Danhiko, Tsvaira and Powerhouse won a medal each. 
Police CG Godwin Matanga officiated the road race attended by deputy Police CG human resources Mind Elliot Ngirande, ZRP sports chairperson commissioner Abigail Moyo, and Old Mutual funeral services Japhet Nyamuchengwa, Commander 4 Infantry Brigade Brigadier General Elphias Mahachi, Officer Commanding Masvingo Commissioner David Mahoya and Masvingo City town clerk Engineer Edward Mukaratirwa among others. 
Matanga said the road race demonstrates Police’s commitment to strengthening relations with all communities and that the two previous races were held in Bulawayo and Mutare. 

“The 21km road race held for the first time in Masvingo demonstrates the organisation’s commitment to strengthen relations with all communities,” said Matanga. 
Forty-nine athletes walked away with prizes ranging between ZWL$100 000, the main event winners pocketing ZWL$550 000.
Blessing Watson, a soldier and Fortunate Chidzivo, a Police officer, won the road race’s biggest prizes of ZWL$550 000 each in the men and women 21 km open races.

Watson finished the race in one hour four minutes, and 49 seconds, while Chidzivo won the same in one hour and 17 minutes and 15 seconds.
Tendai Zimuto, a soldier with the Black Rhinos athletics club came second in the men’s race (1hr 5m 55s) and got ZWL$400 000, Elija Mabhunu a Police officer, came third (1hr 6m 35s) and received ZWL$300 000, Owen Slowly a soldier came fourth (1hr 8m 8s) and got ZWL$200 000 prize money. Mike Fokoroni of Nedbank Athletics Club came fifth (1hr 9m 54s) and received ZWL$100 000.
Fokoroni also pocketed ZWL$150 000 for coming first in the veterans’ category (40-49 years) in the 21km road race.

Olivia Chitate (ZRP) came second in the women’s category (1hr 23m 33s) and received ZWL$400 000, Emilia Mukungati (Mr Pace Athletics Club ) came third (1hr 25m 53s) and received ZWL$300 000, Miriam Sibanda (Mr Pace Athletics Club) came fourth (1hr 28m 02s) and walked away with ZWL$200 000. Rudo Mhonderwa Powerhouse) came fifth (1hr 28m 52c) and received ZWL$100 000.
Agnes Mukwezaramba was probably the road race oldest participant and won ZWL$150 000 in the grand mistress (60 years +) 21km race after finishing in 2hr 7m 12s.

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