Makusha Leads Team for IAAF World Championships

Apart from Makusha, Zimbabwe will also be represented by sprinters Gabriel Mvumvure and Francis Zimwara as well as Faithful Goremusandu, a middle distance athlete.

The four athletes have also been shortlisted to represent Zimbabwe at the 2012 London Olympic Games with Makusha heavily tipped to bring home Zimbabwe’s first ever field and track medal to the southern African nation.

Makusha, lost out of a medal at the last Olympic Games by just a centimetre after he came fourth just behind South Africa’s Khotso Mokoena in the long jump.

Zimbabwe has so far won eight medals at the Olympic Games, seven of them by swimmer Kirsty Coventry with the other one coming from the women’s hockey team at the 1980 Moscow Games which were unfortunately boycotted by a number of countries.

NAAZ president Joseph Mungwari says they have decided to send a team to the World Indoor Championships as part of the Zimbabwe’s preparations for the London Games where they are hoping for a better show than previously showcased.

Zimbabwe have not been sending teams at the World Indoor Championships due to lack of funds but because of the Olympic Games, Mungwari says they have no option as they want Zimbabwean athletes to have an idea of the sort of competition they will meet at the Olympics.

The NAAZ boss adds that they also have the support of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee whose Chief Executive Officer Anna Mguni has also revealed they will give Zimbabwean athletes headed for the Olympics all the support they need in terms of preparations.

Zimbabwe have won only one medal at the World Championships following a bronze medal that Makusha clinched in Seoul, Korea, last year.