Malawi army, Central teams dominate cross country championship

Athletes from the Malawi Defence Forces dominated the senior men 12 Km and senior women 8 Km categories in national cross country championships held in Mzuzu on Saturday.

Dairiboard Malawi Limited has been sponsoring the country’s annual national cross country championships to the tune of MK1.5 million and pledged continued sponsorship.

While a team from central region dominated the junior men 8Km and women 6 Km categories despite allegations of age cheating.

AAM general Secretary Frank Chitembeya said athletes in the junior category must be below 20 years.

“You cannot rule out cheating in such competitions although we try as much as possible to scrutinise them,” Chitembeya said.

The hosts, Mzuzu failed to impress but found consolation in Memory Ziba who came first in the junior women 6 Km race with 21 minutes 25 seconds and got MK20,000 cash and a gold medal.

In the senior men, Kefasi Kasten scoped first position with 37 minutes 3 seconds and took home MK35,000 cash and a gold medal, followed by Francis Khonje with 37 minutes 32 seconds, who got MK18,000 cash and a Silver medal and John Kayange with 37 minutes 35 seconds, who carted home MK 15,000 and a bronze medal.

And in the senior women, Theresa master came first with 28 minutes 32 seconds, Nancy Matanda was in the second place and timed 29 minutes 7 seconds and third was Doris fisher with 29 minutes 20 seconds. They got the same prizes like the senior men.

Marita Phiri came second in the junior women 6 Km category with 22 minutes 11 seconds and received Mk15,000 cash  and a Silver medal and in the third place was Cecilia Mhango with 22 minutes 26 seconds and carted home MK 12,000 and a bronze medal.

In the Junior men 8Km category, Gervasio Mpani came first with 24 minutes 3 seconds, second was Harry Sichali with 25 minutes 31 seconds and in the third place was Abina Chinga with 26 minutes 1 second. They also got the same prizes like the junior women.

Junior women : Memory Ziba (centre)

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