Tagara pins hope on Makusha

HARARE - National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe president Tendai Tagara is hopeful that track and field star Ngoni Makusha will qualify for the World Championships scheduled for Russia next month.

The United States-based athlete, who is set to compete in Belgium tomorrow, will be hoping to join sprinter Gabriel Mvumvure and long distance runner Cephas Pasipamire, who have already qualified for the championships.

Makusha is making a steady recovery having been absent on the international scene for almost a year due to his Achilles tendon rupture during a training session, which forced him out of the London Olympic Games.
“Our last hope is on Makusha and he is only participating in long jump, that is the only event he will be pushing for,” Tagara told Daily News yesterday.

“I think all athletes who have qualified for the event are ready to fly our country’s flag higher and hopefully they will bring back some medals,” he added.

Makusha was the first Zimbabwean to win a world championship medal, winning it in South Korea two years ago.

Mvumvure qualified in the men’s 100m with 9.98 seconds at the Star Athletics Sprint Series in Florida, United States, early last month, beating Olympic Games silver medallist Richard Thompson, world silver medallist Derrick Atkins and USA college champ Jeff Demps.

Long distance runner Pasipamire booked his place in the marathon event.