Madzivire dreams big

HARARE - Zimbabwean athlete Paul Madzivire is hoping to qualify for the next IAAF World Championships and Olympic Games in addition to reaching the top 20 of the world’s long jumpers rankings. 

Madzivire, who is a Florida State University State (FSU) fourth-year student, has made impressive performance in recent tournaments. Last weekend, he jumped a personal best jump of 7, 87 meters at FSU Twi-Light Invitational tournament.

“My ultimate goal is to qualify for the IAAF World Championships and Olympics next year. I would also like to find myself in the top 29 by the end of the year,” Madzivire told the Daily News from the US yesterday.

“I am having my best season so far. I have been healthy for the whole season and I have managed to be on the podium for both indoor and outdoor ACC conference championships this year.

“Hopefully I will keep improving as the season continues. I am ranked 35th at the moment. I have to jump 8.00m or better to enter the top 20.”

Early this month, Madzivire moved into the top ten on Florida State University’s all-time list after an impressing performance at the Jace LaCoste Invitational.

Madzivire's 7.68 meters leap, a lifetime-best outdoors, moved him into number 10 on Florida State's all-time list and solidified his standing as an NCAA East Preliminary qualifier.

In April this year, the Zimbabwean also finished in second position in the long jump event at Crimson Tide Invitational tournament at Sam Bailey Stadium in America.

Madzivire finished the event with a leap of 7.60 meters in his sixth attempt, falling behind Jamaica's Kamal Fuller, who finished with a leap of 7.61 meters.

He 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 side-lined in the previous years through injury.

Madzivire joins fellow Zimbabweans Ngoni Makusha and Brian Dzingai on the Florida State University’s list of all time record holders.

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