Malawiâ€™s distance runner Henry Moyo returned home at the weekend with good news that he braved stormy conditions to smash his personal best record and grab 2012 Old Mutual Ultra Two Oceans Marathon silver in South Africa on Saturday.
According to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) website and News24.com, the Zomba police officer Moyo won second place in 3:08.35 [hours] from a field of 25 000 runners from across the world.
Moyo finished behind Zimbabwean gold winner Stephen Muzhingi (3:08:08 hours) while compatriot Collen Makaza came third (3:08:45 hours).
Moyo, in his late 30s, bettered his last yearâ€™s record when he finished eighth after clocking 3:11 hours in the Cape Town 56-kilometre race held before the Saturday competition.
Before the race on Thursday, Moyo vowed to finish in the top 10 and repay the faith which his employers, Malawi Police Service (MPS) Inspector General Peter Mukhito showed by allowing him to travel to South Africa.
â€œIÂ told you that I expected it to be a tough race and the heavy rains made it tougher, but I was equal to the challenge as I had good preparations. I was in shape. I thank the Inspector General for releasing me in good time for training in Cape Town,â€ Moyo said in a telephone interview on Sunday.