Zim athlete to defend title

The 24 year old Zimbabwean was placed 15th at the World Road Running Championships in Debrecen Hungary recently. He covered the four lap 20km race in 58 minutes 43 seconds (58:43). What’s more he was the first non-East African.

“I felt comfortable running in the lead group of Eritreans, Ethiopians, Ugandans, Tanzanians and Kenyans over the first two laps. It was a surprise. I covered the first 10km in 28:30 minutes,” Nyasango recalls.

“In the third laps I slowed down because I had only trained for three weeks prior to the race. Before that I had been out of action for a month recovering from an injury,” Nyasango explained.

Nyasango says that grass root interest in long distance running especially in Zimbabwe’s Manicaland province will bet a huge boost if he did well. Mountainous Manicaland is the home of Zimbabwe’s top long distance runners.

“I will go flat out to defend my 10km title in Soweto. This is preparations for the IAAF World Cross country Championships in ( Mombasa) Kenya next March. I plan to finish in the top ten in Mombasa,” Nyasango declared.

November 2006
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