Athlete says he will win Comrades

2015-05-28 06:00
PHOTOS: sourced 

Stephen Muzhingi promises to be back with a bang to scoop the first prize of this year’s Comrades Marathon on Sunday.

PHOTOS: sourced Stephen Muzhingi promises to be back with a bang to scoop the first prize of this year’s Comrades Marathon on Sunday.

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RESPECTED Zimbabwean ultra-marathon athlete Stephen Muzhingi predicts an injury free, smooth sailing and the first-place victory in Sunday’s Comrades Marathon.

Muzhingi, who came to the capital earlier than many athletes to get a feel of the Durban to PMB race, told Echo that he is already dreaming and planning for the future at the winner.

Muzhingi says he is fit, feeling good, injury free, raring to go and just can’t wait to get to the start.

“You need to be strong all round to compete for the first prize in the Comrades Marathon.

“I am naturally strong, physically and mentally. All my preparations went very well and everything went according to plan. I am feeling great and already imagining myself stepping on the podium receiving my first prize on Sunday.

“Mark my words, I am not just going to add numbers or to finish the race, I will win it and show everybody I am the best in road running,”said Muzhingi.

His manager Craig Fry of Craig Fry Sport Management International says his athlete is in the good shape and will surprise a lot of athletes who are tipped to take honours.

“As you can see, he is talking non-stop about his victory on Sunday. He is feeling good, highly motivated and in a good shape to win it,”said Fry.

Muzhingi currently runs for Toyota SA Athletics Club. He is the back-to-back champion of the Comrades Marathon (2009, 2010). He won the 2010 Comrades with a time of 5:29:01 - five minutes slower than his first win in 2009.

He is the first non-South African to win the Comrades. In 2011 he became the first man in 23 years to win the Comrades Marathon three successive times. He has six gold Comrades Marathon medals.

In 2012 he became the second man to hold both the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon and Comrades Marathon titles simultaneously.

He holds numerous other records for long-distance running and spends his time between Zimbabwe and PMB with manager Fry during the year

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