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Muzhingi vows to come back stronger

08/06/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
Muzhingi takes on New York

LONG distance runner Stephen Muzhingi has said he is happy with his performance at the recent 89 km Comrades Marathon in South Africa and vowed to come back stronger next year.

Three-time winner Muzhingi finished fourth with South African Bongmusa Mthembu claiming the winner’s cheque.

However, Muzhingi's manager, Craig Fry, told NewZimbabwe.com that the runner's star was not fading.

“Fourth position is a positive finish in this tough race and we are happy with it. He (Muzhingi) is happy with his performance and he is actually improving. Zimbabweans should expect more gold medals from Muzhingi.''

The Airforce of Zimbabwe employee is expected to make a decision on which races to take part in next with three options on the table. These are the Mandela Marathon in August in Kwazulu-Natal, Legends Marathon in September or the November race in Qatar.

Fry praised Muzhingi's patriotism, saying: ''Years ago some people told Muzhingi to change his citizenship but he said no ways. He said his home and heart is with Zimbabwe and its people.

“When he goes into a race he carries the nation's hopes with him and he takes that seriously. I would ask Zimbabweans to continue supporting him as that would be a morale booster.''

Muzhingi was as a professional and humble person who was not difficult to work with, added Fry.

''He is a committed somebody who never takes things for granted. He is focussed on his career and his family is important to him.”

Fry attributed the runner’s success to hard work and resilience, stating that in 2013 he won the Comrades Marathon with a torn calf.

He believes Muzhingi still has some 7 to 8 years of running in him and can win even more medals.

After his latest Comrades outing, Muzhingi wrote on his Facebook page: ''I would like to thank all the people that have supported me this year and in the previous years.

“I tried very, very hard to win the race but it was not to be. Well done to Bongmusa, it was his day and he deserved the win as he took his chance and made the most of it.

“I will be back to fight harder next year and I know I am getting back to be in my best shape again.''

For coming fourth Muzhingi pocketed R65,000 cash in prize money and various other incentives. Another Zimbabwean Prodigal Khumalo finished ninth.


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