Makusha shines in Birmingham

HARARE - Zimbabwe field and track star Ngonidzashe Makusha opened 2014 season on a high note after he leapt 8.10m in the long jump at Blazer Indoor Invite Birmingham in the UK over the weekend.

This was his farthest jump since his bronze medal-winning performance at the 2011 IAAF World Championships.

Makusha, who struggled to return to his best last year after suffering a serious injury just before the 2012 London Olympics, is seeking to make a bigger impact on the international stage this year.

“Best season opener 8.10. Where there is a will there is a way,” Makusha wrote on his Twitter account.

Makusha took almost a year break on the international scene due to his Achilles tendon rupture during a training session, which forced him out of the London Olympic Games.

He had emerged as one of the world’s most exciting talents in 2011 with a spectacular double at the NCAA Championships.

The 26-year-old from Seke is also hoping to do well at the 2014 World Indoor Championships to be held in Sopot, Poland, in March.

“I want to go to the 2014 World Indoor Championships, do well there and be on the podium. I also want to get back to sprinting consistently, and bring my times down to run like a world-class sprinter,” Makusha told UK-based Spikes Magazine in earlier this month.

“It was very devastating (about missing the Olympics), but I’m a spiritual guy and I believe everything happens for a reason. I just had to accept it, get the problem fixed and move on,” he added.