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SEASONED long-distance runner Kelvin Pangiso of the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services is this year’s Commissioner-General of Police 21km road race winner after stopping the clock first at Chitungwiza Town Centre yesterday

Pangiso beat a field of 200 athletes to win the open category in an event that attracted most of the country’s top runners as his star continues to shine.

He recently won the Roger Brackley marathon at Old Georgians.

Pangiso was the first to cross the finishing line in 1hour 6minutes 22seconds.

The race was sponsored by Old Mutual to the tune of US$15 000 and for his efforts Pangiso went home US$600 richer.

The ZPCS athlete was impressed with his performance as he said it was a tough race.

“The competition was tough because almost everyone was here especially the fast guys. I am very happy I won. When I reached 5km that is when I decided that I am going to win and when I got to the halfway mark I was already leading. I think it was my day.

“This race is the Commissioner- General’s race and we are from the ZPCS, so we are brothers and I am happy I came first,” said Pangiso.

Elijah Mabhunu was second in 1 hour 7 minutes 9 seconds and Munyaradzi Jari was just 26 seconds behind Mabhunu to settle for third position. Mabhunu and Jari received US$400 and US$300 respectively.

Constance Nyasango defended her title in the women’s section when she romped home in 1hour 18minutes 7seconds.

Nyasango, who also pocketed US$600, said she was excited after coming first ahead of the likes of Olivia Chitate of ZRP, who came second in 1 hour 21 minutes 19 seconds.

“I am happy to see myself winning, I was not expecting it because Olivia has been beating me, so I thought she would win this race. But I won and I have been training hard,” said Nyasango.

Sharon Tavengwa came third in 1 hour 24 minutes 14 seconds. Chitate and Tavengwa got US$400 and US$300 respectively.

In wheelchair racing, veteran Elford Moyo won the men’s section in 1 hour 3 minutes 44 seconds and Magdalene Madzivire won the women’s section. Brighton Chipere and Tabitha Tsatsa emerged winners in the veteran’s men and women’s section.

In a speech read on his behalf by Senior Assistant Commissioner Justice Chengeta, Police Commissioner- General Augustine Chihuri paid tribute to Old Mutual for supporting the event and urged the public to desist from violence during sporting events.

“Old Mutual has not only provided monetary prizes but has also generously provided the venue. I am sure that the race we have hosted today has the most competitive package ever in the history of the 21km race. I believe this is the way it should be in order to provide the necessary incentives to our sportspersons.

“It is always our view that sporting activities should mutually build people up and should not be zones of combat and violence. There is absolutely no need for this. This is why sporting activities are managed by well-trained umpires.

“It is therefore unacceptable when spectators descend into the arena to determine or dictate the course of the game or the scoreline. Such conduct compromises the nobility of sporting activities. Sporting activities at all levels should not be turned into a free-for-all jungle.

“You will realise that after all you cannot be a winner without a competitor. A competitor needs to be honoured and respected for competing. This is why it is said that there should be grace in winning and losing,” said Comm-Gen Chihuri.

ZRP Staff Officer responsible for Sport Superintendent Joshua Tigere said they were satisfied with the turnout for yesterday’s event.

Source : The Herald