Mvumvure targets strong finish

HARARE - Zimbabwe sprinter Gabriel Mvumvure is targeting a strong finish in the European season ahead of next month’s World Athletics Championships in Russia.

The 25-year-old participated at the Budapest Gyulai István Memorial meet in Hungarian last Wednesday night where he finished fifth with a time of 10.28 in the men’s 100m dash.

The race was won by St Kitts and Nevis sprinter Kim Collins with a sub 10 time of 9.99 while the Jamaican duo of Kemar Bailey-Cole (10.07) and Jacques Harvey (10.18) were second and third respectively.

Richard Thompson from Trinidad was fourth with a time of 10.26.

“I was not feeling very well for the race,” Mvumvure told the Daily News on Sunday.

“I think the jet lag got the best of me considering I had got to Hungary the night before. I'm happy that I finished the race healthy.”

The US based athlete was scheduled to race in Madrid, Spain Saturday night before moving on to another meet in Italy this week before closing down his season to concentrate on the Moscow championships.

Racing at the World Championships will atone for Louisiana-based athlete’s disappointment of missing the 2012 London Olympics with a hamstring injury.  

“I'm shutting down my European circuit soon so that I can have enough time to recover and focus on world championships in (Moscow/Russia),” he said.   

Mvumvure has been in good form this year as he has already ran a sub 10 race when he won the men’s 100m event at the Star Athletics Sprint Series in Florida in June with a time of 9.98.

The 14th World Athletics Championships are scheduled to be held in Moscow, Russia from August 10–18.

The Championships will be staged at the iconic Luzhniki Stadium which is the biggest sports stadium in Russia with a total seating capacity is 78,360.

The stadium is greatly remembered for the Luzhniki Stadium disaster of October 20, 1982 when 66 people died after a stampede during a Uefa Cup match between Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem.

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