• Short Summary

    ENOCK MWEEMBA RETAINED HIS ZAMBIAN TITLE IN THE NATIONAL MARATHON HELD AT KABWE ON SUNDAY (4 MAY).

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    ENOCK MWEEMBA RETAINED HIS ZAMBIAN TITLE IN THE NATIONAL MARATHON HELD AT KABWE ON SUNDAY (4 MAY). THE EVENT SERVED AS A TRIAL TO DETERMINE THE SIX RUNNERS WHO WILL MAKE UP THE ZAMBIAN TEAM FOR THE EAST AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS AT KAMPALA, UGANDA, IN AUGUST.

    THERE WERE 21 ENTRIES FROM THREE ATHLETIC CLUBS AND TWO POLICE DIVISIONS FOR THE 26-MILE (42-KILOMETRE) COURSE WHICH STARTED AND FINISHED AT THE KING GEORGE MEMORIAL CAMP, KABWE. DOUGLAS SINKALA, ZAMBIA'S SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AND TOP FINISHER AT THE MEXICO OLYMPICS, DID NOT ENTER. HE IS CONCENTRATION ON TRACK EVENTS AFTER LEG TROUBLE IN RECENT CROSS-COUNTRY COMPETITIONS.

    FROM THE 6 A.M. START THE RUNNERS SOON SETTLED INTO A FAIRLY LARGE LEADING GROUP WITH AMOS SILWIMBA OF NCHANGA ATHLETIC CLUB SETTING THE EARLY PACE. MARSHALS WERE READY WITH REFRESHMENTS AT VARIOUS POINTS BUT THE RUNNERS SEEMED HAPPY WITH THE CONDITIONS AND DID NOT STOP.

    BY THE TEN-MILE (16 KM) MARK THE FIELD WAS THINNING OUT AND SOON AFTERWARDS THE LEADING GROUP WAS DOWN TO FIVE RUNNERS, SILWIMBA, KAMBOLE, SIAME AND OLYMPIC RUNNERS MWEEMBA AND KAPAMBWE, AS THEY TURNED ROUND ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION SECRETARY STAN SMITH.

    KAMBOLE WAS NEXT TO DROP BACK, LEAVING FOUR LEADERS AT 14 1/2 MILES (23 KM), AND AT 16 MILES (25 1/2 KM) THERE WERE ONLY TWO RUNNERS BATTLING FOR THE LEAD, ENOCK MWEEMBA OF THE POLICE WESTERN DIVISION AND ZOOM KAPAMBWE OF RHOKANA PARK HARRIERS.

    SILWIMBA WAS NOW LYING THIRD AND STILL VERY MUCH IN THE RACE, BUT COULD NOT CATCH THE OLYMPIC PAIR. MWEEMBA FINALLY TOOK THE LEAD TO RETAIN HIS TITLE AND RECEIVE THE CONGRATULATIONS OF SIMON KATILUNGU, CHAIRMAN OF THE ZAMBIAN AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3EAM9LQCCT5HDUO58SSI95A0T
    Media URN:
    VLVA3EAM9LQCCT5HDUO58SSI95A0T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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