The Sunday Mail
ASPIRING Olympian Isaac Mpofu won the 2022 edition of the Old Mutual-sponsored Commissioner-General of Police 21-kilometre road race held at Dangamvura Shopping Complex on Saturday.
He outpaced competitors to complete the race in 1:04:48 (one hour, four minutes and 48 seconds) ahead of second-placed Munyaradzi Jari, who crossed the finishing line in 1:07:35 (one hour, seven minutes and 35 seconds).
Mpofu recently won the 42,2km Durban International Marathon in South Africa but was unfortunately disqualified after he failed to display two licence numbers on his bib.
In the ladies’ category of Saturday’s event, Olivia Chitate failed to defend her title, as Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS)’s Patience Murove snatched pole position after finishing the race in 1:20:53 (one hour, 20 minutes and 53 seconds).
In second position was Caroline Mhandu, who crossed the finishing line in 1:21:48 (one hour, 21 minutes and 48 seconds), while Chitate came third with a time of 1:23:17 (one hour, 23 minutes and 17 seconds).
During the prize-presentation ceremony, guest of honour, ZRP deputy Commissioner-General (Human Resources) Mind Ngirande, who was representing the Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga, said events such as the marathon bring police closer to the people it serves.
“I am sure you witnessed the free and relaxed environment that permeated throughout the event, where members of the police force freely interacted, mixed and mingled with the general public,” he said.