South African, Nigerian and Zimbabwean teams have qualified for the 2020 World Ultra Runners Championship at the Valuejet Remo 50 kilometres Ultra Race in Sagamu and Ikenne.
Zimbabwe, who competed in the ultra race for the first time in the country’s history, finished as the overall third team.
In the women’s team event, the South Africans were top with the combined running time, ahead of Nigeria, who finished in second place.
The third position in the women’s category was not decided as Zimbabwe, Namibia, Madagascar, Niger, Cameroon, Mauritius and Ghana did not record points enough to be placed third as majority of their athletes didn’t complete the course.
With these efforts, South African, Nigerian and Zimbabwean teams qualified for the 2020 World Ultra Runners Championship.
In the men’s Individual Race, South Africa’s Thobile Mbolekwa returned at a time of three hours 02 seconds to win the men’s race
Mbolekwa became the champion and also set a championship record in Africa.
Zimbabwe’s Prosper Mutwra finished in second place at a time of 3:05:25s.
Mutwra said he would stay back in Nigeria to stage a challenge against the Kenyans and Ethiopians at the Lagos City Marathon coming up in the next few months.