OLYMPIAN Cuthbert Nyasango has tipped countrymen Cephas Pasipamire and Gabriel Mvumvure to perform better at the World Championships which roar into life in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday.
The championships will be held from August 10-18.
Pasipamire will represent the country in the long-distance category while 25-year-old United States-based Mvumvure will rub shoulders with the world’s best in the 100m division.
The two athletes are the only local representatives at the prestigious tournament. Nyasango and fellow Olympian Wirimayi Juwawo could have been part of the local contingent to Moscow, but both failed to recover in time for the championships.
In an interview with sister publication NewsDay Sport yesterday the battle-hardened long-distance runner Nyasango said: “I think the best way if you want to do better is to apply yourself to your best ability and you should also make right decisions, especially during the race or even minutes before the race.
This is what I am urging Pasipamire in the marathon race,’’ he said.
“Even if you fail to come up with desired results, there is no reason to feel bad. The only thing that you should do is to keep working very hard, but I’m confident they will do well,” he added.
Mvumvure, qualified for the World Championships after recording 9,98secs on the clock in the 100m event at a Star Athletics Series in Florida, United States in June. On his way to qualify for the championships, Pasipamire clocked 2hrs 15min, 15secs in Pyongyang, North Korea marathon in March.
The two athletes will be accompanied to Russia by Zimbabwe director of coaching and talent identification Phakamile Lisimati, who last week said he was optimistic about the country’s chances at the championships.