By Lawrence Trusida, Sport Editor
TOP Zimbabwean marathoner Isaac Mpofu has won his appeal to have the time he clocked during the Durban International Marathon race in May reinstated.
Mpofu, who ran a sensational personal best of 2:10:24 to win the race, was later disqualified because he didn’t have a second licence race number on the back vest, which saw runner-up and home favourite Tumelo Motlagale being crowned the victor.
According to Athletics South Africa (ASA) rules, all athletes are supposed to display two race numbers – one on the front and at the other on the back of the vest.
Despite falling foul of the rules of the race which was organised by KwaZulu-Natal Athletics (KZNA), the 33-year-old’s time on the certified 42,2km course was well inside the stringent 2:11:30 needed to qualify for the 2022 World Championships in Oregon.
The National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) then lodged and won a World Athletics appeal for Mpofu’s time to stand, which will now allow him to represent the country at next month’s World Championships in USA.
But despite winning the appeal to have his finishing time officially recognised, Mpofu is not eligible for the R50 000 winner’s prize money.