Madzivire makes waves in US

HARARE - Zimbabwean athlete Paul Madzivire continues to shine at after he finished second in the long jump during the Crimson Tide Invitational tournament at Sam Bailey Stadium in the US at the weekend.
Madzivire, who is a Florida State University State (FSU) fourth-year economics student, finished the event with a leap of 7.60 metres in his sixth attempt, falling behind Jamaica's Kamal Fuller, who finished with a leap of 7.61 meters.

Madzvire was the highest-placed Florida State athlete at the event after the rest of the FSU men failed to make an impact in the meet.

FSU's Chadrick DaCosta registered a personal-best in the discus on his sixth and final throw with a mark of 52.49 metres, which was good for fourth place.

Another FSU athlete Namer Ray could only finish third in the 400-metre hurdles with a time of 53.19 seconds.

Madzivire started his 2014 season on a positive note by winning the long jump event at the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship meet in United States last month.

The young Zimbabwean won the competition with a leap of 7,70 metres in his third attempt, prevailing over North Carolina State's Jonathan Addison, who achieved the same mark on his fifth try.

The win was Madzivire's second ACC indoor long jump title in three years while his teammate Jalen Ramsey claimed the bronze with a jump of 7,36 metres.

This was also the first time the former Gateway High School student was taking part in the competition since 2012. Madzivire was sidelined in the previous years through injury.

Madzivire is set to join Ngoni Makusha and Brian Dzingai on the Florida State University's list of all time record holders.

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