Zimbabwe's women dominate Sunshine City marathon

11:11, July 19, 2011      

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Zimbabwe's women athletes dominated the inaugural Sunshine City marathon, while the Kenyans claimed the top positions in the men's race, which started and finished at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

First to cross the finish line in the women's category was Zimbabwe's Tabitha Tsatsa in a time of 2 hours 43 minutes 37 seconds. Behind her was fellow Zimbabwean Samukeliso Moyo who clocked 2:44:10.

Another top Zimbabwean middle and long-distance runner Lizzie Chokore came third in 2 hours 47 minutes 47 seconds.

Tsatsa went home 10,000 US dollars richer while Moyo and Chokore pocketed 4,000 US dollars and 2,000 US dollars respectively.

In the men's competition, Cosmers Kemboi of Kenya was crowned the champion when he ran a time of 2:15:36 to beat a large group of more than 1,000 athletes comprising runners from Namibia, Kenya, South Africa and the hosts.

The Kenyans proved too good for the local athletes. For winning the title he walked away with 10,000 US dollars. His colleague Chelimo Luka came second in 2:15:47 while Julius Kilplimo Maisei followed in third place. Luka and Maisei pocketed 4,000 US dollars and 2,000 US dollars respectively.

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