Electronic timer works for first time since installation

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Electronic timer works for first time since installation Watson Madanyika

The Sunday News

Innocent Kurira, Sports Reporter

THE National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (Naaz) successfully held its inter-provincial championships at White City Stadium in Bulawayo yesterday.

The competition also saw the electronic timer used for the first time since its installation back in 2014. This meant that the times were recorded electronically.

Bulawayo Athletics Board chairperson Watson Madanyika said the event was a huge success. “We are happy that we successfully managed to host this event, everything went well as we had anticipated, there were no complaints.

“To top up, we had the electronic timer working for the first time in years so it’s a huge plus for us and athletics as a whole,” said Madanyika.

The electronic timing system has had limited use since its installation for the 2014 African Union Sports Council Region Five (5) Youth Games in the city.

The system includes a wireless false start detector, wind speed ultrasonic wind measurement, MacPhoto finish timing scoreboard, LED field scoreboard, starting blocks and video wall.

Tendai Tagara

Recently the MacPhoto finish line camera was in Belgium for repairs and returned for yesterday’s championships.
Samukeliso Ndebele won the women’s 100m dash in a time of 11.63 seconds. In second place was Elizabeth Msipa who crossed the finish line in 11.91 seconds.

Ndebele won another gold in the 200m as she finished the race in 25.38 seconds. In second and third place were Elizabeth Msipa and Munatsi Rujeko. They had times of 25.48 seconds and 25.84 seconds respectively.

In the men’s 100m sprint, Thando Dlodlo scooped first position in a time of 10.31 seconds and was followed by David Nyamufarima in a time of 10.50 seconds. In third place there was Panashe Nhenga who crossed the line in a time of 10.58 second.

Dlodlo was to also win the men’s 200m sprint, finishing in 20.24 seconds, followed by Gareth Muwishi in a time of 20.80 seconds. Edwin Nyamutswa finished in third place in a time of 20.82 seconds.

Wellington Varevi scooped the men’s 5 000m race first prize, crossing the line in 14.54.49 and was followed by Abel Chibanda in 14.59.59 while Wayne Kabondo finished third in a time of 15.17.03. In the women’s 800m, Maryjoy Mudyiravanji finished first in a time of 2.17.72 and was followed by Brenda Njodzi who crossed the line in 2.18.08. In third place was Polite Moyo who finished in a time of 2.24.29.

In the men’s 10 000m event, Tendai Zimuto was the first to cross the line in a time of 30.21.08 and was followed by Abel Chibanda in a time of 30.22.38 before Munyaradzi Zishowu finished third in a time of 30.29.07 in an exciting race in which these three exchanged the lead several times. Zimuto had a brilliant last 300m outsprinting the two lads.

The championships were used as a selection event for the African Senior Championships to take place in Douala, Cameroon from 21-26 June. Athletics association boss Tendai Tagara and his executive were in attendance.

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