TWO United States-based athletes, Gabriel Mvumvure and Ngonidzashe Makusha, have been selected to compete in the International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships to be held in Sopot, Poland, from March 7-9.
National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (Naaz) vice-president Enias Nhoro confirmed yesterday that the two would represent the country at the championships.
“We have selected two athletes to represent the country in the World Indoor Championships. Gabriel Mvumvure will compete in the 60m event and Ngonidzashe Makusha the long jump. They will travel with Tendai Tagara and Lisimati Phakamile,” he said.
Phakamile, however, said he would not travel as he felt it would be better for athletes to go to Poland with their coaches as they were likely to perform better. He said he would concentrate on other upcoming events.
Tagara, by virtue of being the Naaz president and also working in the Sport, Arts and Culture ministry, should not travel to Poland.
Last year, Mvumvure ran in the Fayetteville Arkansas Indoor Championships and finished the 200m-race in 20,96secs.
His personal best in the 100m is a 9,98secs sprint that he ran in Montverde, Florida.
Makusha holds the 100m and the long jump records with a 9,89secs and 8,40m leap respectively.
In 2011 he shattered the National Collegiate Athletics Association 100m record that was held by Ato Boldon from 1996.
Makusha’s personal best in the 60m dash is 6,60secs which he ran in 2009 in Blacksburg Virginia while in the 200m sprint he has run 21,57secs and leapt 14,90m in the triple jump.