23 SEP 1999 General News Harare, Zimbabwe

Four Zimbabwe athletes and their coach die in car crash

Four of Zimbabwe's top road runners and a leading athletics coach were killed in a car accident while on the way to an international event in Swaziland, a sports official said Friday.

Edward Siwela, secretary-general of the Amateur Athletics Association of Zimbabwe, said two other top athletes were injured in the crash Wednesday night on the road from the capital Harare to the South African border.

Those killed were runners Stanford Chiyangwa, Cosmas Numwitike, Honest Dandara and Fungai Kapanyota, and coach Ray Haworth.

Two other athletes, Debbie Lambourne -- the current national women's marathon champion -- and Charles Magurira, were injured and admitted to hospital.

They were on their way to Mbabane in Swaziland to take part in Saturday's Stanbic Swazi half-marathon.

AFP