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Three Malawian athletes will today compete in one of the most gruelling races on the continent, Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in South Africa.

The 49th edition of the race will take place in Cape Town where Peter Chiwaya, Chiyembekezo Jamali and veteran Henry Moyo will rub shoulders with their counterparts drawn from across the world.

In an interview from Cape Town during the week, Chiwaya confirmed that he will compete in the ultra marathon.

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“I have been a member of Oxford Striders Running Club in East London, South Africa for two years and achieved the Most Improved Athlete Award for 2017. Over the various distances of 5km, 10km, 15km, 21km and 42kms, I have consistently improved my times. And this is why I feel that it is time to test my ability over the 56km distance at Two Oceans.

“The first 28km of the Two Oceans 56km Marathon is quite flat with a few small hills. You start the first real accent at what is known as Small Chappies, and just as you think you have crested Chapmans Peak you discover, that the real work is only about to start with Big Chapmans Peak. Here it is important to take in the beauty of the ocean on your left and savour the moment,” Chiwaya said.

Moyo, 42, is a veteran athlete who has won several races in South Africa.

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In 2005, Moyo won the Kuala Lumpur Race in Malaysia but he lost the gold after testing positive for a banned substance.

Jamali is also an experienced runner who relocated to Johannesburg a few years ago.

Jamali won bronze in Fasolburg Marathon in Johannesburg, South Africa, in February 2017 after clocking 2:31 hours.

The race is divided into ultra marathon, half marathon, trail runs and fun runs, according to the hosts’ website.

“We are once again excited to welcome a sold-out field of 27,000 participants in the ultra and half marathons,” Carol Vosloo, General Manager, of the Two Oceans Marathon NPC is quoted by the organisers’ website.

“The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon’s R1-million [K44 million] prize bonus for the man or woman who breaks the course record is always a big draw-card, and this year will be no different.”

Other exciting additions to the line-up include Dominika Stelmach from Poland, American Lindsey Scherf and South African Gerda Steyn.

The marathon has its challenges in the face of severe drought and resultant water crisis in Cape Town.

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