Nalicy Chirwa and Austin Sukali are the winners of this year Blantyre 42.195 KM race which took place today.
Chirwa finished first in the women’s category at 3:02:57, Doris Fisher finished second at 3:12:16 while Tereza Master finished third at 3:13:46.
Sukali finished first in the men’s category at 2:32:16, MacDonald Mangani finished second at 2:35:42, while Edson Kammamba finished third on 2:38:42
Sukali was declared winner following the disqualification of Mphatso Nadolo who was first to finish the race. Nadolo was disqualified after he failed to adhere to some rules of the competition.
For winning the race both Chirwa and Sukali pocketed 1,500.000 each, while Mangani and Fisher walked away with 1,000,000 and Kammamba and Master got 500,000 for finishing third.
The honorable minister of Youth and Sport Richard Chimwendo Banda MP together with Minister of Civic Education Honorable Timothy Ntambo attended the event.
In his remarks during the ceremony Honorable Chimwendo Banda emphasized the importance of having events such as the Blantyre 42.195 KM race and urged the corporate world to come and support sports in the country.
‘’Events such as this one is very important if sport in the country is to develop, we need to have more marathons and not just only one, I commend Malawi National council of sports for holding this event. I hope in future more companies will come in to support the efforts that are being made by the council, soon we are going to have a sports indaba where we want to discuss with the corporate world how we can work together to develop and promote sports in the country’’ explained Chimwendo.
Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) board chairperson Sunduzwayo Madise explained that they are planning of introducing the Mzuzu city half marathon which will help to develop and promote long distance running in the country.
‘’ Plans are already at an advanced stage of introducing the Mzuzu city half marathon, there is need to have more marathons in the country if our athletes are to do better in long distance running, we know in Lilongwe there is already a marathon although it is not managed by us, so our target is to introduce the half marathon in Mzuzu’’ explained Madise.
Other events that took place on the day include relay races, aerobics and fun run, the Blantyre city marathon will return next year.