Ncube on the way to the Netherlands Marathon

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Ellina Mhlanga Senior Sports Journalist

One of the country’s hopes for the world athletics championships, Ngonidzashe Ncube, is due to compete in the Enschede Marathon next month in the Netherlands.

Ncube had originally hoped to compete in the Hannover Marathon as he chased the 2 hour 11 minute 30 second qualifying time to secure his place at the world championships to be held in July, but was unable to obtain the visa for the ‘Germany.

However, he received an invitation to participate in the Enschede Marathon on April 24 and hopes to be able to make it to the Netherlands.

“I couldn’t get the visa but I received an invitation from the Netherlands. There was a race I was supposed to take part in, 2020, but I couldn’t go because of the Covid-19. So I received an invitation last Wednesday to participate.

“I think it’s a better race. . . So I think that’s an advantage. I just have to work hard, acclimatize to the weather now which I know better than the last time we were in Siena, Italy,” Ncube said.

The qualifying time of 2 hours 11 minutes 30 seconds is the same qualifying standard that was used for the 2020 Olympics.

And Ncube came close to qualifying for the rescheduled Games last year when he ran 2 hours 12 minutes 25 seconds at the Xiamen Marathon and Tuscany Camp Global Elite Race in Siena, Italy.

He hopes he can push himself a little more and run the time to qualify for the world meeting which will take place from July 15 to 24 in Oregon in Eugene, USA.

“I had another chance to try to qualify. I had prepared to run a marathon in February but there were few races due to Covid-19 and I couldn’t run any races at that time and you also get better races from early April .

“So I think that was a blessing in disguise since I have time to work on a couple of things in terms of pace and speed,” Ncube said.

He was part of the team that took part in the camp organized by the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe last month in Bulawayo. It was led by coach Benson Chauke, who previously worked with Cuthbert Nyasango.

He is currently training in Harare ahead of the second NAAZ camp for distance runners this month.

“So far so good. The other athletes I train with have been very helpful and they have pushed me. I train with Tendai Zimuto and Moses Tarakino, they are good in pace and speed.

“Hopefully this time I can run the qualifying time if nothing affects my preparation. So now my focus is just on preparing for this race,” Ncube said.

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