Isaac Mpofu

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Isaac Mpofu
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BornIsaac Mpofu
(1988-08-20)August 20, 1988
Known forLong-distance Runner

Isaac Mpofu is a Zimbabwean long-distance runner. He set a new national record when finished in position 10 in the men’s marathon at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, United States of America on 17 July 2022. [1]

School / Education

No information could be found on his Junior or High School, or any tertiary education.


Mpofu has competed in several competitions including the World Athletics Championships held at Autzen Complex, Eugene, Oregon where he finished in the top ten.

He crossed the finish line in 2 hours 7 minutes 57 seconds to beat the previous national record that stood at 2 hours 9 minutes 52 seconds, set by Cuthbert Nyasango in 2014.

Mpofu has participated in the following competitions:

  • Marathon| 17 July 2022| World Athletics Championships, Oregon 2022, Autzen Complex, Eugene, OR| Place:10 |Result: 2:07:56
  • Marathon| 08 MAY 2022| Durban International Marathon, Durban| Place: 1| Result: 2:10:24
  • Marathon| 17 OCT 2021| Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Cape Town| Place: 7.| Result: 2:11:41
  • Marathon| 11 APR 2021| Xiamen Marathon & Tuscany Camp Global Elite Race, Siena| Place: 36| Result: 2:13:31
  • Marathon| 24 AUG 2019| Petro SA Marathon, Mossel Bay| Place: 2| Result: 2:15:10
  • Marathon| 13 MAY 2018| Gaborone Marathon, Gaborone| Place: 2| Result: 2:16:59
  • Half Marathon| 16 APR 2022| Totalsports Two Oceans Marathon, Cape Town|Place: 9| Result: 1:04:01
  • Marathon| 23 SEP 2018| Cape Town Marathon, Cape Town| Place 23| Result: 2:20:51
  • Half Marathon| 29 JUN 2014| Victoria Falls Half Marathon, Victoria Falls| Place 3| Result: 1:06:42
  • 5000 Metres| 29 NOV 2020| Zimbabwean Ch., White City Stadium, Bulawayo| Place: 2| Result: 14:42.40 [2]


In May 2022, Mpofu was disqualified by Athletics South Africa (ASA) and forfeited R50 000 in prize money during the Durban International Marathon despite winning the race. [3]

Mpofu had won the 42.2km run in 2:10:04 but was disqualified as he was about to be declared the winner for having one licence number.

He was disqualified because he had one licence number which was placed in front of his vest but there was nothing on the back of his shirt at the finish line.

However, the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe successfully appealed to Athletics South Africa (ASA), so that they could reinstate his time in order for him to go to the World Championships.

Further Reading

  1. , Ellina Mhlanga, Isaac Mpofu makes top ten, Published July 18, 2022, Retrieved 19 July 2022
  2. Isaac Mpofu, Published : No Date Given, Retrieved 19 July 2022
  3. , Zimbabwean runner forfeits R50k in Durban for having ONE licence number!], Published May 8, 2022, Retrieved 19 July 2022

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