Rutendo Nyahora

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Rutendo Nyahora
Joan Nyahora, Zimbabwean Marathon Runner
BornRutendo Joan Nyahora
ResidencePretoria West, Gauteng, South Africa
Other namesJoan
EducationUniversity Of Zimbabwe
  • Athlete
  • Marketing Manager
Known forZimbabwe Long Distance Runner
Notable workRepresenting Zimbabwe at the Rio 2016 Olympics
StyleWomens Marathon
Home townHarare
Height1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)
RelativesJoseph Nyahora (brother)

Rutendo Nyahora is a Zimbabwean Athlete who is currently residing in South africa. She is best known for her national records in long distance running and she is part of the first ever biggest team of Zimbabwe to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics. She has inherited the nickname "Queen Of The Road" due her Incredible records and Performances as an Athlete


She worked at Professional athlete as a Marketing manager since 2003 and then advanced to the UZ to pursue a Degree in Engineering.[2]

Personal Life

Rutendo is a 27-year-old mother who was born on the 11th of November in Harare. She is sister to Joe Nyahora and mother to Brittany.


Career And Achievements

Nyahora is a dominant force on the South African circuit, where she represents the Nedbank Running Club.

Fastest Time

Rutendo 2nd place

The top Zimbabwean female middle and long distance runner did the nation proud after finishing second in the lucrative Spar Women’s 10km Challenge held at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town.Nyahora crossed the finishing line in 32 min 54 sec, behind defending champion, South African, Rene Kalmer who finished in 32:50, five seconds ahead of Her. Nyahora said she was pleased with her effort, but was determined to beat Kalmer next time.

“I have been training hard for this race, which is why I ran at a faster time than I finished last year. I liked the route, which was quite flat, although it was a bit windy at times. I was pleased to be so close to Rene, and I am going to try to beat her in Port Elizabeth,”

She was only 23-years-old and pocketed R30 000 for her efforts, she was still battling to meet the qualifying time for the London Olympic Games.She finished third in the Two Oceans Marathon, following up from her season-opening record-breaking win in the BestMed Tuks Marathon in February in Pretoria. She ran a record-breaking time of 34 min 34 sec beating her 2011 finish by a minute. After the race Kalmer admitted that Nyahora had pushed her all the way.[1]

Port Elizabeth

In 2013-2014 She was the reigning champion of the Port Elizabeth SPAR womens challenge Championship. Nyahora romped home in 33mins 6secs to win the 10 kilometre race, hot on the heels of her success in the Cape Town leg of the SPAR Women’s Challenge.[2]

She explained how the opportunities in South Africa have elevated her career

She said she had been training very hard and had made it her goal to win the PE race - and improve on last year's time of 33:09.

"This race suits me as there are no major up or downhills. It is also very well organised, the people are friendly and the support along the course motivates you."

"I decided to run in South Africa because there are not many organised races in my home country and it is difficult to get noticed if you have talent.

"Over here you have a lot of scope to prove you have what it takes."

SPAR Womens Challenge Marathon

Choppies Race

In 2014 Nyahora romped first in the Choppies 10km race, winning her fourth consecutive title in the race and beating her previous record by one minute 40 seconds.She picked up the R5 000 first prize in the senior women’s category after hitting the tape in time of 32:37:28secs compared to last year’s 35.17:00secs. she also defended the Vumba half-marathon title that month crossing the line in 1.17:17secs.[2]

Qualification for Olympic Games

In the maiden international marathon, she finished a commendable ninth in a time of 2 hours 39 minutes 58 seconds (2:39:00) to become the first local female runner to qualify for the Olympics.[1]

The qualification standard time for the Rio Olympic Games’ women’s marathon is at 2:42:00. Nyahora’s qualification came less than 24 hours after United States-based Zimbabwean sprinter, Gabriel Mvumvure also qualified for the 100m after clocking 10,14 seconds at the Battle of Bayou meet in Louisiana.

She said

“This was my first international marathon and I’m very happy I managed to put on a good performance and qualify for the Rio Olympic Games. However, it was not easy, the weather was challenging because it was very cold and windy, which was quite bad. But I’m happy I managed to stick to my plan and register the Olympic qualifying time in my first attempt,” “Qualifying for the Olympics is something that I have been working hard toward since the beginning of the year. I put in a lot of hard work to prepare for this marathon and I’m glad it has paid off in the end.”

Video gallery

Rutendo Nyahora wins Spar Ladies League Official Video
Rene Kalmer, Rutendo Nyahora & Nolene Conrad interview at the SPAR Womens Challenge Official Video

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