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Malawian runners to compete Sunday

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Malawian athletes are set to make their first appearance on the track this Sunday at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast City, Australia.

The Games commence today with Malawi being represented by netball and athletics.

But while the Queens will be in action against England two days after the opening ceremony, the runners will have to wait until Sunday for their first competition.

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Gunde brothers, Golden and Dalitso, will compete in the 400 metres’ track and field race, with Kefas Kasten and Gervasio Mpani fighting for honours in 5,000 metres category.

Two days later, Benedicto Makumba will be in action in 800 metres race while Chancy Master’s 10,000 metres contest is scheduled for April 13.

Ndacha Mcherenje will be the last to run for Malawi as his full marathon will be competed for on the final day of the event on April 15.

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Athletics Association of Malawi General Secretary, Frank Chitembeya, said he had been in touch with the athletes and they are all in good shape for the Games.

“They are training well and adapting to the surroundings of Gold Coast City. They are gaining confidence with each passing day and are promising to give their best,” Chitembeya said.

He said the K500,000 pledge from the association to any runner who brings home a medal still stands.

Chitembeya also disclosed that marathon runner, Francis Khanje, did not travel to the Games because organisers do not have his 2016/17 records.

“Khanje missed the full marathon in these two years and organisers communicated to us just a day before departure that he was not eligible because his recent records were not available. So, his air ticket was cancelled,” Chitembeya said.

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