Par­don Ndlovu ready for Rio marathon race

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

UNITED States based marathon run­ner Par­don Ndlovu says he is phys­i­cally and men­tally fo­cused for to­mor­row’s marathon race at the Rio Olympics.

Ndlovu will carry Zim­babwe’s slim hopes of an Olympic medal to­gether with vet­eran run­ners Wir­i­mai Zhuwawo and Cuth­bert Nyasango. The trio will get off the blocks at 2.30PM. The For­mer Au­gusta Univer­sity cross coun­try grad­u­ate as­sis­tant coach who fin­ished the 2016 Hous­ton Marathon in 2hours,17 min­utes,32sec­onds said he pre­pared well for the gru­elling race and felt proud to rep­re­sent his coun­try.

Zhuwawo has a marathon per­sonal best of 2hours, 12 min­utes,38 sec­onds while Nyasango’s time stands at 2 hours, 12min­utes, 08sec­onds.

“I just want to be the best that I can be on the day. I want to make sure that I stay re­laxed, my legs are fresh and I am men­tally fo­cused to what I am sup­posed to do on the day. The fo­cus now is on real ex­e­cu­tion,” said Ndlovu in an in­ter­view he had with Zim­bab­wean me­dia at­taché at the Rio Olympics and vet­eran tele­vi­sion sports broad­caster Merit Mun­zwem­biri.

Ndlovu said he wasn’t feel­ing any heat ahead of the meet and felt com­fort­able run­ning along­side vet­eran fel­low coun­try­men in Zhuwawo and Nyasango adding that he was also ex­cited just to take part in the Games.

“I am ex­cited to take part; it calls for great de­ter­mi­na­tion to rep­re­sent my coun­try on that day. I don’t feel the heat, I feel com­fort­able that I have peo­ple around me who will be ad­vis­ing me,” said Ndlovu.

Par­don Ndlovu

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