Makusha ready for IAAF World Indoor Championship

HARARE - Zimbabwean track and field star Ngonidzashe Makusha said he is ready for the IAAF World Indoor Championship which is set to start today and will end on Sunday in Sopot, Poland.

Makusha and Gabriel Mvumvure are the only two Zimbabwe representatives at the event.

"Everything is ok here; we are ready for the games to begin tomorrow (today). I am hoping for the best," Makusha told the Daily News from Poland yesterday.

"I'm taking everything as it comes. No pressure on me. I hope I compete well and come out with good results," added Makusha.

Makusha qualified for World Indoor Championships early last month after coming first at XL Galan in the Swedish capital Stockholm with a leap of 8.18.

Makusha was one of five jumpers who surpassed the eight-metre barrier in the long jump.

Zimbabwe's 2011 world bronze medalist only took one jump, but his 8.18m held up for the win as the strongest challenge came from home  favourite Michel Torneus, whose best mark measured four centimeters  shorter.

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 last month.

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.

The Seke-born athlete took 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.

The United States based Mvumvure will be looking to make a big impact at the event, as he is making his first appearance at major events.

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