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Mpofu's Durban International Marathon time is reinstated as he goes to World Champs

Zimbabwean marathoner Isaac Mpofu has managed to win an appeal to have the time he clocked during 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 Tumelo Motlagale being crowned the victor.

Mpofu celebrating after winning the Durban International Marathon only to be disqualified. His time has been reinstated but Tumelo Motlagale who came second is recognized as the official winner of the race. Photo Credit: Durban International Marathon.

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, 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 Athletics Federation of Zimbabwe 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, the man who ran 2:11:41 to take seventh place at last year's Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is not eligible for the R50 000 winner's prize purse. Speaking to #TheTopRunner, KZNA President Steve Mkasi confirmed the news of Mpofu winning the appeal.

Mpofu in action during the Durban International Marathon. He can now represent Zimbabwe at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon next month. Photo Credit: Durban International Marathon.

"It is true that the Zimbabwean runner (Mpofu) who won the Durban International Marathon has won the appeal to have his time reinstated. His country's federation launched an appeal to World Athletics in order for the runner to go to the World Championships next month. But you must understand that he won't get the prize money," he explained.

It not the first time the 33-year-old Mpofu will represent his country in the World Championships as he was part of the squad in the last edition where he finished in 52nd position in the Marathon.

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