Taonere Banda tops Malawi Paralympic Committee exercise
Malawi’s sole representative at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, Taonere Banda, emerged the fastest runner in a 200 metre-race after clocking 53.45 seconds during a talent identification exercise organized by the Malawi Paralympic Committee (MPC) in Nkhotakota District on Saturday.
Another female athlete, Chikondi Elemani, came second in one minute and two seconds.
Rafiki Simani was the star in the men’s 100 metres category after running for 18.15 seconds.
Closely following on second position in the same category was Shafi Sinani, who managed to cover the distance in 19.81 seconds.
In the junior men’s 100 metres category, Francis Kandomo clocked 17.38 seconds to emerge victorious, while Kettie Chande won in the ladies’ category in a time of 18.83 seconds.
Malawi Para-athletes Committee Chairperson, Joseph Galanje, described the exercise as successful, with six athletes making the grade.
“We received an overwhelming response. Parents were very supportive. They brought their children to display their talent. However, we are not done as Mchinji is the next destination so that we conclude the exercise in the Central Region,” Galanje said.
He said MPC is targeting 10 athletes from the region to compete at national level against their Southern and Northern region counterparts.
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