OLYMPIAN Cuthbert Nyasango’s availability for the Tanganda Tea 21km half-marathon slated for Mutare next week hangs in the balance due to fatigue.
BY KENNETH NYANGANI
The battle-hardened athlete recently participated in the San Diego half-marathon in the United States early this month, where he finished on a respectable fifth position.
Nyasango, who hails from the Manicaland province, is complaining of fatigue after the US race.
In an interview with Standardsport this week, the veteran athlete said he is still suffering from tiredness from his previous race, adding that if the situation improves in time, then he might consider participating in the race.
“I will be in Mutare for the Tanganda half-marathon, but I don’t know if I am going to take part in the race. My body is not responding well and l don’t want to strain it.
“I recently participated in the Santiago half-marathon race in America on June 2 and I didn’t have time to rest, but l’m training. I will decide on my position probably next week,’’ he added.
This year’s race will be short of star attraction as two more Zimbabwe athletes, who represented the country at the Summer London Olympics last year Sharon Tavengwa and Wirimayi Juwawo will not be participating at the prestigious event, as they are nursing injuries.
Interestingly, both athletes won the first edition of the tournament last year after an eight-year absence on the national athletics calendar.
Juwawo won the race in a time of 1hr 1min 43sec, with Tavengwa romping home first in the ladies category in time of 1hr 18 min 9sec, both winning prize money of US$500.