Chipere tipped to win race

2013-08-22 00:00

BRIGHTON Chipere is the favourite to retain his crown at this year’s Mandela Day Marathon to be held on Sunday.

The 41-year-old Zimbabwean won last year’s inaugural marathon, and Craig Fry, who manages some of the country’s top runners, told The Witness Chipere should be “up there” among the top finishers.

He said compatriot Munyaradzi Jari, runner-up in last year’s race, was also looking good and could give Chipere a run for his money.

“Munya set the record at the Pieter­maritzburg Marathon and has been invited to race at the Malaysian Marathon. He is currently on form,” said Fry.

Also taking part is South African marathon record holder Gert Thys, whose time of 2:06:33 has been unbroken since 1999.

Mr Price Sport’s Cuan Walker added that Chipere, at the age of 41, was running faster than he was 10 years ago.

“His last race was the Two Oceans, so he’s had a bit of a rest while other guys ran Comrades and other races. He was in Zimbabwe, but he’s been in South Africa for the last two weeks,” said Walker.

For the women’s race, Walker said last year’s winner Muchaneta Gwata was looking good to also defend her title, while Chiyedza Chokore was also in “great shape”.

Race director Les Moeti told The Witness preparations for the race were in full swing.

“Things are going well. Structures have started going up at the finish,” said Moeti.

He did not have the exact figure of the entered participants, but said the number was over 5 000.

“We’re ready. We’re excited and looking forward to Sunday, and Saturday for the children’s race,” he said.

The ANC announced yesterday that provincial chairperson Senzo Mchunu, chairperson of the eThekwini region Sibongiseni Dhlomo and Msunduzi Municipality mayor Chris Ndlela would be taking part.

Mandela’s grandson Mandla is also expected to take part.

Craig Fry

Munya [Jari] set the record at the Pietermaritzburg Marathon and has been invited to race at the Malaysian Marathon. He is currently on form.

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