The Zimbabwe Republic Police athletes led by veteran long distance runner, Trust Chidomwaya of Support Unit Fairbridge District emerged among the top five winners in the annual Coca-Cola ZITF 4 minute race.

The defending champion Chidomwaya found the going very tough this year as he surrendered the gold medal to Wellington Varewi of Black Rhinos who emerged this year’s winner after crossing the line at 4:12:64 although he also failed to complete the race in the required time of 4 minutes. For his effort, Varerwi received $800,00 and the coveted shield which for the past four years has been won by the police officers.

The 42 year old Chidomwaya who had complained of an injury that also gave him torrid time before he qualified for the race crossed the line at 4:14:70.He received $400,00.

On third position was also a police officer, Isaac Mpofu also of Support Unit Fairbridge District who crossed the line at 4:15:12. He also walked away with $350,00.

Chidomwaya and Mpofu were amongst the other 18 athletes who included other four members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police who had made it in the semi finals by beating the qualifying time of 4:31 seconds to participate in the finals.

The other police officers who took part at this race were Elijah Mabhunu, Blessmore Chidziva and Tapiwa Manyanga who were also among the top 10. The other ZRP athlete was Ngonidzashe Ncube, who was outside the top 10.

Other athletes were drawn from various clubs around the country as well as other security forces.

The race was introduced in 1985 and since its inception there is only one athlete who has managed to beat the set time of four minutes. The record was set way back in 1995 when the now United States of America (USA) based Grey Mavhura completed the race in 3:58 sec while in 2015,Sydney Makuvaza of Ashanti came closer to beating the time after finishing at 4:01sec.

The Coca-cola Activation Brand Manager, Ms Vee Chibanda said they were happy to be associated with the event and said they were committed to supporting community healthy styles.

“As Coca-cola, we are committed in supporting community healthy living lifestyles to ensure our consumers realise their dreams. …It isn’t all about winning or losing, it’s about the experience and being in it together,” she said.

The Coca-cola 4 Minute Mile is an annual event established in 1985 and is managed by the Bulawayo Board of Athletics.

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