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Words of a Comrades Winner

The truth is out! Who is @StephenMuzhingi running for in 2013?

The question we have been asked a thousand times since Stephen arrived in South Africa last week is “Who is he running for?   Who are his sponsors?   Is he running Two Oceans?   What about Comrades?”   I hope this short commentary of his last week in South Africa answers some of those those questions, and gives you a little bit of  insight into the man, husband and father of two, not just the “champ”.

After meeting with the delightful, exuberant and energetic (yes, it’s true) Lucas Mongatane, the Chairman of Toyota Athletics Club, earlier today, we can officially confirm that Stephen Muzhingi, 3 times Comrades winner and current holder of the Two Oceans Title is contracted to Toyota Athletics Club, a mutually beneficial relationship that may well see Toyota win its first Comrades Marathon!  In fact I have very little doubt that Toyota will take this year’s first place in Comrades with the likes of Stephen in their colors, and a very proud and confident FedGroup will have grand reason for celebration..

Stephen leaves for Zimbabwe tomorrow after spending the day with his other major sponsors, FedGroup, and we wish him and his family well, and look forward to seeing him very soon again in preparation for Two Oceans Marathon.

I asked Stephen to say a few words to his sponsors, friends and supporters, and although emotional, he is determined, committed and back to the Stephen we know and love.

“I am humbled and grateful.   I am speechless.   Thank you to my major sponsors Toyota and FedGroup.   Thank you for your faith and belief in me.   This year I plan to defend my Two Oceans Title, gain back my Comrades Title and win the world IAU World 100km sanctioned by the IAAF being held at the end of the year.

Last year was a difficult time for me but your support and encouragement of me has made me even more determined to make you proud of me.  I WILL make you proud.

I thank also my Management Team, Craig Fry Inc, and my social media team, who keep my friends, fans and supporters around the world in touch with what is going on in my world.

I look forward to meeting many of you at the races that are coming up.   Thank you again.   I am very proud to be associated with Toyota and FedGroup, and wear my association with great pride.”

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February 27, 2013 Posted by | Athletics, Comrades, Comrades Marthon, FedGroup, GedGroup, iau world 100km, Lucas Mongatane, Marathon Running, Media, muzhingi officially running for Toyota Athletics Club, Running, Stephen Muzhingi, Touota Athletics Club, Toyota Athletics Club, Two Oceans Marathon, Uncategorized, Zimbabwe | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stephen Muzhingi, Comrades Marathon Legend to run Sunshine City Marathon, Zimbabwe

Stephen Muzhingi, Comrades Marathon Legend to run Sunshine City Marathon, Zimbabwe.

 

Besides Muzhingi, other top athletes who are expected to light up the event include double Two Oceans Marathon winner Marko Mambo while IAU 50km reigning world champion Collen Makaza will also have a big shout.

July 14, 2011 Posted by | Athletics, Comrades, Marathon Running, Media, Running, Stephen Muzhingi, SUnshine Marathon, Zimbabwe | , , | Leave a comment

Comrades champ Muzhingi to compete in Sunshine tour | The Zimbabwean | A Voice For The Voiceless

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X-HIB-IT Events Management Company are organising the race, which is expected to attract high profile athletes. Two Oceans Marathon winner Marko Mambo is another top athlete expected to compete.

Rebecca Gambiza, the company’s executive director, said a good number of athletes would battle for honours.

“The response has been overwhelming. We are expecting more than 3000 athletes including those outside the country to take part in the race.

The registration deadline is July 14. I think it will be a highly competitive race,’ she said.

The winner the main 42km marathon race will pocket a cool $10 000 in both the female and male categories, with the runners-up set to pocket $4 000 each.

There will also be a 21km half-marathon race whose winner will get $1 500 while those who win in the 5km fun race will go home with $500.

Wheelchair athletes will compete in the 5km fun run with winners getting $1 000 in both men and women categories.

July 11, 2011 Posted by | Athletics, Comrades, Comrades Marthon, Media, Running, Stephen Muzhingi, SUnshine Marathon, Zimbabwe | | Leave a comment

Remembering athletics hero #Magwaza #Comrades #Muzhingi

Credit Source : Remembering athletics hero Magwaza.

 

Remembering athletics hero Magwaza PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 July 2011 20:05
BY BRIAN NKIWANE

WHILE Muzhingi basks in the glory of his success at the Comrades Marathon, one thing is clear – he owes his success to Esau “Sinyoro” Magwaza, one of the most celebrated athletes to have been produced in Zimbabwe.

Magwaza is the man who brought Stephen Muzhingi to Harare from Chivhu to start an athletics career.

But it is unfortunate that Magwaza died earlier before his student started producing the results that he longed to see.

It was a black day indeed for Zimbabwean athletics on June 22 2001 when Magwaza died at Police Support Unit Clinic in Harare after six months of illness at the age of 54. He left behind wife Emily and five children who include Lina Magwaza.

Ironically, Lina is now married to Muzhingi. But who was Esau Magwaza? He was a high-kneed athlete who had his own style of running, surging forwards and backwards like a man using a hacksaw,� designed to beat his opponents.

He once remarked: “Every athlete must have a strategy to win a race. I used to stay a few paces behind my opponents and carefully listen to their running rhythms.”

For a solid two decades in top-flight athletics, Magwaza triumphed in countless races ranging from 1 500m, 3 000m, 5 000m, 10 000m, cross country and marathons. Born in Chivhu, Magwaza had no love for athletics when he was at Chirume Primary School at his rural home.  He could do anything to evade entering in any athletics competition.

In 1969-70, Magwaza competed for Alaska Mine and later on Zisco and Shabanie, before he was recruited to join the Zimbabwe Republic Police where he later held the post of team manager taking over from Jonga. The biggest race of his life was the King Sobhuza Tournament� in Swaziland� where he ran a close second� to Jonga and� recorded� a personal� best time of 3 minutes 46,8 seconds.
Shortly after Independence, Magwaza switched to long distance running presenting himself with the chance to represent the country in major events such as the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games in Russia, Commonwealth Games, world cross country championships, 1985 Montreal Marathon and the King Sobhuza in Swaziland.

His greatest triumph was during Zimbabwe’s first Independence celebrations in 1981 in a packed Rufaro where he beat two Kenyans Christopher Kiprugut and Samuel Mogere in a 10 000m race which was sponsored by Chibuku Breweries.
In 1982 Magwaza had another giant-killing act outpacing Tanzanian Olympic medalist Filbert Bayi who had come to
Zimbabwe for the ProNutro international 20miler. Bayi was a worldwide renowned athlete, but Magwaza was just equal to the task, winning the race in a new course record time of 1 hour 44 minutes 22 seconds.

In death, Magwaza still holds the 1 500m Chamber of Mines Athletics Championships record he won in 1983. Magwaza
won other races like the Hunyani Hope Fountain 30km road race in 1980, 1981, 1983 and 1984. In 1983, Magwaza together with Melusi Ndhlela, Patrick Nhauro, James Mutshipisi, Tommy Lazarus and James Charuma all ran home inside the previous record of 1 hour 41 minutes 36 seconds set by Musaope Phiri in 1982.
In 1985 Magwaza clinched the third successive victory and his fifth in the Hope Fountain road race in Bulawayo. However, this time his time of 1 hour 40 minutes was outside the time he set in the previous year of 1 hour 39, 09.

July 3, 2011 Posted by | Aimbabwe, Athletics, Magwaza, Running, Stephen Muzhingi, Zimbabwe | | 1 Comment

   

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