Ricky Zililo, Senior Sports Reporter
DEFENDING ZITF Four-Minute Mile champion, Wellington Varevi, fired warning shots ahead of today’s final, qualifying with the best time in the semi-finals held at White City Stadium yesterday.
Varevi ran four minutes 13,93 seconds to book a place in the final of the Delta Beverages sponsored competition, which is likely to be a pulsating event today at 11am, at the ZITF Main Arena.
Seasoned athletes who include Nyasha Mutsetse who had the second best semi-finals time of four minutes 14,14 seconds, ZRP Fairbridge’s Isaac Mpofu who posted four minutes 16,38 seconds, Black Rhinos trio of Trust Hove, Tendai Zimuto and Levison Mapfuwe made it into the final with ease.
“I want to defend my title and I know that this is going to be a tight final because everyone who made it to tomorrow’s race gave a good show.
“They probably reserved some energy for tomorrow’s final and I’ll have to up my game,” said Varevi.
Varevi who is also the 2014 edition winner, last year led from the whistle and is likely to use the same strategy today.
The winner of today’s race will get $800, with the first runner-up walking away with $400 while the third placed athlete is set to pocket $300.
Wellington Varevi (Black Rhinos, 4 minutes 13.93 seconds), Nyasha Mutsetse (BUSE, 4 minutes 14.14 seconds), Isaac Mpofu (ZRP Fairbridge, 4 minutes 16.38 seconds), Trust Hove (Black Rhinos (4 minutes 17.08 seconds), Tendai Zimuto (Black Rhinos, 4 minutes 17.31 seconds), Levison Mapfuwe (Black Rhinos, 4 minutes 17.42 seconds), Nomore Wiriki (ZPCS, 4 minute 17.84 seconds), Samuel Mare (Ihlosi, 4 minutes, 18.28 seconds), Thando Maphosa (Sparrows,, 4 minutes 18,65 seconds), Blessmore Chidziva (ZRP, 4 minutes 18.75 seconds), Boniface Jeki (Black Rhinos 19.36 seconds), Tatenda Hove (Black Rhinos, 4 minutes 20.30 seconds), Blessing Waison (Black Rhinos, 4 minutes 20.49 seconds), Robert Mugadza (City Meats, 4 minutes 20.59 seconds), Shingirirai Mhute (ZRP, 4 minutes 21.48 seconds), Tapiwa Chineka (Black Rhinos, 4 minutes 21.79 seconds), Trust Chidomaya (ZRP Fairbridge, 4 minutes 21.82 seconds), Dumo Mkhwananzi (Sparrows, 4 minutes 22.35 seconds), Humphrey Kunaka (Black rhinos, 4 minutes 23.87 seconds), Willard Mutasa (Bulawayo Jumbos, 4 minutes 25.91 seconds) — @ZililoR