Fortune Chidzivo disappointed with her performance
Zimbabwe athlete Fortune Chidzivo says she is not happy with her performance at the Maritzburg Spar Grand Prix 10km Marathon despite attaining 5th position.
The all ladies’ marathon was held on Sunday morning in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa at Alexander park.
Chidzivo was one of the two Zimbabwean athletes who participated, the other one being Patience Murowe who came eighth.
In an interview with H-Metro Sport from South Africa yesterday, Chidzivo appreciated the sponsor for the tournament.
“It was a good race and it was well organized, but I was not happy at all with my performance.
“I am fit but not race fit so it was a little setback for me.
“But I thank God after all for me attaining 5th position,” she said.
Chidzivo, who was racing under club Retail Capital, completed the race in a time of 34mins 46 seconds and walked away with prize money of 10 000 rand.
The 34-year-old picked up an injury in June and only recovered last week ahead of the marathon.
“I raced 42 km in marathon in May picked up an injury and lucky enough I managed to come back early in June.
“Unfortunately that very same month I picked up another injury and only recovered last week ahead of the race,” said Chidzivo.
However, she cried for women marathon events to be held here in Zimbabwe.
“We need to stand our ground as Zim ladies in athletics and have more women participate.
“The only way that can happen is to have more races for female athletes starting from community level, this will inspire a lot of young girls to take athletics as a profession.”
The other Zimbabwean participant, Patience Murowe, of club Nedbank finished on 8th position with 35 minutes 30 seconds.
The race was won by 20-year-old Ethiopian Tadu Nare of Nedbank club who finished in 32 minutes 22 seconds.
Maritzburg SPAR Grand Prix women’s 10km run top ten.
- Tadu Nare (Nedbank) 32.22;
- Glenrose Xaba (Boxer) 33.40;
- Tayla Kavanagh (Murray & Roberts) 33.50 ;
- Kesa Molotsane 34.43;
- Fortunate Chidzivo (Retail Capital) 34.46; 6. Cian Oldknow (Murray & Roberts) 34.54;
- Kyla Jacobs (Murray & Roberts) 35.35;
- Patience Murowe (Nedbank) 35.30;
- Diana-Lebo Phalula (Boxer) 35.35;
- Stella Marais (Nedbank 35.39)
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