Paul Madzivire targets ACC

HARARE - Zimbabwean athlete, Paul Madzivire is hoping to make a strong come back from injury at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) track and field championships at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in the United States scheduled for this month.

Madzivire, who is a student at the Florida State University (FSU) in the US managed impressive performances in recent years, moved into the top 10 FSU’s all-time list after an impressive performance at the Jace LaCoste Invitational last year.

“I am just coming off from injury and I haven’t competed this indoor season yet but I should be jumping for the first time at the ACC indoor championships and my aim is to have a strong come back,” Madzivire told the Daily News yesterday.

“I am also aiming to qualify for the world championships this year, I am training with that goal in mind,” added Madzivire.

Last year, the former Gateway student had a remarkable year, with a personal best jump of 7,87m at the FSU Twi-Light Invitational tournament.

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 7,60m  in his sixth attempt, falling behind Jamaica’s Kamal Fuller, who finished with a leap of 7,61m.

He started last 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 7,70m 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 bronze with a leap of 7,36m.

He joins fellow Zimbabweans Ngoni Makusha and Brian Dzingai on the FSU list of all-time record holders.

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