Kefasi Kasiteni, Asimenye Simwaka win national cross-country
Renowned athlete, Kefasi Kasiteni, proved his prowess after defending the senior men’s national cross country championship at Mzuzu Golf Course on Saturday.
However, it was Malawi women’s national football team player, Asimenye Simwaka, who stole the show after winning the senior ladies accolade during her debut.
In men’s category, Kasiteni won the 10 kilometre race after clocking 31:29 beating other 56 runners. Chancy Master crossed the line six seconds later.
Ndacha Mcherenje ended on third position when he finished the race in 32:19.
In senior ladies category, well-known footballer, Simwaka from Mzuzu underlined her potential after winning the race in 42:48. She beat 19 competitors.
Simwaka was followed by Mary Kamwendo (43:36) on second position and Caroline Mhango (45:51) on third position.
In an interview, Simwaka said being her debut race, she was delighted with her exploits.
“I am so passionate about sports. I decided to compete even though I was training without a coach. I learnt about the race through the media. I have made it and this has fuelled my passion in athletics,” Simwaka said.
On his part senior men’s winner, Kasiteni, said the competition was stiff as his counterparts were equally prepared.
“My opponents gave me a tough time and I am happy that I have retained my title,” he said.
In junior boys section, Chikondi Mwanyali emerged winner with James Tonde and Steven James finishing on second and third positions respectively.
In junior ladies section, Moneyi Chingaipe continued with her impressive form after finishing first ahead of second-placed Ruth Phiri and third-placed Monica Chikaiko.
Meanwhile, Athletics Association of Malawi General Secretary, Frank Chitembeya, said the competition met their expectation.
“The competition has satisfied us because we have achieved what we were looking for. We have identified new athletes like Asimenye Simwaka who is a multi-talented and she has defined odds. This is a positive development because a lot of people are now expressing interest to be part and parcel of athletics,” he said.
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