I can become great, says rising sprint star

HARARE - One of Zimbabwe’s emerging sprinters, Munashe Hove, believes he can subjugate monetary challenges to become a world-class athlete in the form of American icon Michael Johnson.

20-year-old Hove, who specialises in the 400m race, is now eyeing a place at the next All-Africa Games, World Championships and Rio 2016 Olympics.

The 180m-tall speedster, who is currently studying ‘A’ Level commercials and pursuing an accounting degree thereafter, says he dreams of breaking records set by none other than the legendary Johnson.

“Successful attainment of my short term goals will help me achieve my long term goals, which are to break the 400m World and Olympic records set by Michael Johnson of the US, a time of 43.18s set in 1999 and 43.49s in 1996 respectively,” says Hove.

“Financial constrains have prohibited me to compete in many international races I have qualified for. At this point in time, I do not have access to proper modern gym facilities, I am using backyard gyms. Due to lack of money, I am not able to afford doctors or physicians. This has caused me to take time to recover from injuries. Also unfortunately, I cannot afford to follow the recommended athletic diet which enables me to run better times.”

Financial backing aside, young Hove has however enjoyed plenty support form kindly individuals, such as the hugely respected Zimbabwean athletics coach Ammon Nyaundi – who has offered his coaching services from of charge at the Millennium Athletics Club in Harare.

Nyaundi has also produced the country’s top sprinter Talkmore Nyongani as well as David Tinago – in addition to working with Paralympic Games gold medallist Elliot Mujaji and the ever-promising sprinter and long jumper Ngonidzashe Makusha.

“2010 was my turning point in athletics. It was the year I began to take athletics seriously,” adds Hove. “My passion for athletics drove me to an athletics academy, The WWS (Worldwide Scholarship Academy). I sailed through the trials and joined the club with the aim of achieving milestones in athletics. At the club I enjoyed the pleasure of training with local athletes such as David Tinago and Tinashe Mutanga, who I admired a lot. At the club I was offered the privilege of getting international exposure which included a trip to Jamaica. I however failed to travel due to financial constraints. Financial challenges became a major setback in my training such that I reached a point where I could not afford monthly subscriptions at the club which compelled me to quit the club in as much as I wanted to be part of it.”

Born in Harare and raised in Glen View high-density suburb, Hove attended Glen View 2 Primary School in the area, where he excelled as a footballer. He discovered his athletics talent at Dadaya High in Zvishavane in 2008.

He has managed to run times of 48 seconds in the 400m, despite struggling with a stress fracture for a few years now.

“If I am able to get financial support to have the things that I do not have, I have the confidence that my potential and ability will flourish and that I will be able to run world-class times. I am therefore kindly pleading for anyone willing to sponsor me and help me with financial assistance. A lot is required for me to become the top athlete I know I can be.”

Hove, who studies at Herentials College in Budiriro, is also no slouch when it comes to school. At ‘O’ Level, he scored ‘A’ grades in accounts, economics, business studies, science and Shona and then a ‘B’ and ‘C’ in history and English respectively. 

He has also wrote SAT exams and scored 1116.

Comments (1)

hie l wish munashe will be one of the best athelet

takunda - 3 May 2016

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