Makusha out of World Indoor Championship

HARARE - Zimbabwean track and field star Ngonidzashe Makusha is out of the IAAF World Indoor Championships after he failed to meet the qualifying standard when he leaped to 7.85m on Friday in Sopot, Poland.

Makusha, who missed the 2012 Olympic Games in London due to an injury, was been pushing to qualify for the long jump event but found the going tough when he missed the qualifying standard that has been set at 8.05m.

"I'm taking everything as it comes. No pressure on me," Makusha told the Daily News before the event.

Makusha failed to reproduce the form that helped him qualify for the World Indoor Championships early last month when he came first at XL Galan in the Swedish capital Stockholm with a leap of 8.18m.

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

Makusha took only 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 centimetres shorter.

The Zimbabwean opened his 2014 season on a high note after he leapt to 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.

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