ZIMBABWE rarely get top international sportspersons visiting the country these days, but South African athletics legend Bruce Fordyce is not deterred.
Fordyce will be a special guest at Harare Athletics Clubâ€™s 37th Big Race Day edition on Sunday. The club is one of the countryâ€™s oldest and most active.
HAC captain Marc Pozzo is hopeful that Fordyce will be able to spice up their event.
â€œWe are expecting Bruce to be here but he is not coming for to take part but will be among the special guests. We hope that his presence will inspire a lot of Zimbabweans to want to take up long distance running as a career,â€ he said.
Born in Hong Kong, Fordyceâ€™s family moved to Johannesburg when he was 13 years old.
In 1977, when Fordyce first ran the Comrades Marathon, he placed 43rd out of 1,678 entries.Â He gradually rose through the ranks and went on to win the Comrades for an unprecedented eight consecutive years between 1981 and 1988.
He won it again in 1990.Â No other runner in the history of the Comrades had ever previously achieved this feat.
Hundreds of local athletic fans and budding athletes are expecting to converge at the Old Georgians Sports Club, where HAC is based, to meet their hero.â€” thesportsman.info