Mvumvure, Lock out of Africa Games

HARARE - Track star Gabriel Mvumvure and Zimbabwe’s Davis Cup hero Courtney Lock have been be ruled out of the African Games set for Congo-Brazzaville next month.Mvumvure was recently hospitalised due to hypertension and that effectively threw spanners into his season.

Lock who starred in Zimbabwe’s win over Moldova last month will also not make the trip to Congo due to educational commitments.

The University of Louisville men’s tennis player added another impressive accomplishment after helping the Zimbabwe Davis Cup team to a 5-0 win over Moldova in a Euro/Africa Zone Group II tennis play-off match at Harare Sports Club.

The duo joins Ngonidzashe Makusha who pulled out of the continent’s largest sporting showcase due to injury.

Swimming technical official Kathy Lobb who is heading the technical side of Team Zimbabwe said the trio’s loss was a huge blow to Zimbabwe’s medal hopes.

“It’s hard to say with the two athletes as they have not competed for a while but we were obviously optimistic hence their selection,” she said yesterday.

“Courtney is definitely a loss especially after his efforts in the recent Davis Cup.”

"Old War Horse’’ Kirsty Coventry, who has been Zimbabwe’s biggest medal harvester at the last two editions of the Games is expected to lead Zimbabwe’s charge at the African Games.

At 31, the two-time Olympic gold medallist has been proving critics wrong.

Also part of the cast is top basketball player Vitalis Chikoko whose impressive performances with Serie A side Grissin Bon Reggio in Italy has not gone unnoticed.

There is also a place for national decathlon record holder Keegan Cooke.

The former University of Arizona student broke the long standing national record held by national great Stan Flowers for 23 years in 2012 before he again bettered his mark last year and will be expected to lead Zimbabwe’s medal chase in decathlon.

African Championships cycling gold medallists Helen Mitchell of Hellenic Academy and Skye Davidson will be the country’s medal hopefuls in cycling.

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