Sibanda’s seventh heaven
Kudakwashe Kanduna, who was the first runner-up last year, came home in fifth position this time around.
The marathon, which was simultaneously held with a halfmarathon and a 10km road race, started at Nottingham turnoff, 10km outside Beitbridge along the Bulawayo Road, and ended at Eric Louw High School in Musina, South Africa.
Both the half-marathon and 10km races started and finished at Eric Louw High School.
The two countries’ marathon is organised by South Africa’s Musina municipality and both local authorities from Beitbridge as part of celebrating the twining agreement which was signed in 1996.
Lanky female athlete, Lizy Chikoore of Zimbabwe also lifted her country’s flag high after she came victorious in the women’s category of the marathon after romping to victory in 3 hours followed by South Africans Gladys Lukwareni and Joyce Netshifhefhe who came home in second and third positions respectively.
The reigning Beitbridge mayor’s half-marathon champion Elijah Mutandiro added colour to the event after winning the marathon’s Veterans’ category while Patrick Chipoyi came out the winner in the Masters’ section.
South Africa’s Jane Mdau was crowned the winner in the female Veterans’ category.
The winners in the marathon event received cash prizes of R7 000, R4 500 and R3 500 respectively for the top three