Thrills and upsets at Gaths Mine meet

Ndamu Sandu

DEBUTANTS Chipinge Athletics Club put up a sterling performance finishing a credible 10th at the two-day Gaths Mine Track and Field Championships that ended on Sunday.



ONT face=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Although won by Masvingo Province’s National Association of School Heads (NASH) athletics team with 196 points, the performance of the Manicaland-based side was the highlight of the tournament.


Formed barely a year ago, the club amassed 36 points and had three winners from their small contingent of 10 athletes when the event came to a close on Sunday.


Chipinge’s Tinashe Seveni came first in the Junior Men’s 200m category after clocking 22,72 seconds.


The 18-year-old Gaza High School student shrugged off the challenge of Zim Alloys’ Tapiwa Samu who was three seconds behind.

Zeb Zingoni of Shabanie was third.


In the Javelin Junior Men category, the emerging club’s Stephen Mushekwa was second with 36,05m.


Easther Zabula came second in the High Jump Junior Women and the Long Jump Women (Youth).


The two-day event produced thrills as well as upsets.


In the 5000 senior men category, specialist Lewis Masunda finally found his match in Kudakwashe Shoko who clocked 14:10,72.


For Shoko, it was a sweet revenge having lived in the shadow of Masunda on many ocassions.


Ashanti’s Marko Mambo was third.


Masunda did not take the defeat lightly and pulled out of the 10 000-metre Men’s Senior category fearing another embarrassment.


Mambo went on to win the category.


Mambo is currently the 2nd fastest athlete in the world in the 56-km category

after winning the Two Oceans 56km event in South Africa earlier this year.

Temba Ncube continued his dominance in the Senior Men 200m division romping home in 21,73 seconds.


The Hwange athlete has acquitted himself well in the division and was the mainstay of the Zimbabwe team during the tri-nation AAC Permit series last month.


Thirty-two clubs participated at the track and field event that has become a permanent feature on the athletics calendar.


The event coincided with the World’s Athletics Day on Saturday and Sunday and winners were awarded certificates from the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF).


National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe secretary-general Cynthia Phiri said the event had been held successfully.


“It was well organised and was graced by top athletes and clubs,” Phiri said.

She said the national association used the event as a selection process for the AAC Southern region championship in South Africa next month.


It was used as part of the selection process for both the Southern African track and field event World Youth championship and the in July.


Zimbabwe hosts the track and field event from July 3-4 at the National Sports Stadium.