12 June 2013

Zimbabwe: Mvumvure Sets Sights On World Champs

AFTER sending tongues wagging following a blistering performance which saw him clocking 9.98 seconds when winning the men's 100m event at the Star Athletics Sprint Series in Florida, United States, last

weekend, crack Zimbabwean sprinter Gabriel Mvumvure has now set his sights elsewhere.

He wants to compete at this year's 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

Mvumvure hogged the limelight at the Star Athletics Sprint Series at Montverde in Florida with his outstanding performance which saw him beating Olympic Games silver medallist Richard Thompson, world silver medallist Derrick Atkins and USA college champ Jeff Demps.

His winning time of 9.98 seconds was the sixth fastest time of the year over 100m and he is now ranked as the fifth fastest 100m runner in the world behind six-time Olympic medallist Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin and Dentarius Locke.

Mvumvure's time easily surpassed the "A" standard of 10.15 seconds for the World Championships and it is also now a top five time in African history in the men's 100m.

And Mvumvure, who completed a four-year athletics scholarship at Louisiana State University in the United States in 2011, said the best is yet to come from him and he was aiming at performing much better at this year's World Championships which are set to run from August 10 to 18 in Moscow.

The former pupil of Churchill Boys High School said that he was working on "polishing up" his act in the 100m and he would also like to represent Zimbabwe in the 200m race at the World Championships in Moscow.

Speaking to The Herald yesterday from his base in Louisiana, United States, Mvumvure also spoke about his brilliant performance in the men's 100m event at the Star Athletics Sprint Series in Florida last Saturday.

"The race was at Montverde in Florida here is the US. The meet was called Star Athletics Sprint Series. It was a pretty great performance for me and I understand I have a lot to work on still.

"The 100m event has evolved over the years and with World Championships coming up in August in Moscow,Russia, I would want to make it to the final, God willing of course.

"I still have a few meets left before the World Championships and I would like to polish up my race as well as take part in the 200m. Hopefully, I can get a solid time for the 200m as well," Mvumvure said.

The 25-year-old sprinter has now fully recovered from a hamstring injury which forced him to miss last year's Olympic Games in London.

He was one of two of Zimbabwe's star track and field athletes who missed out on representing their country at the London Olympics through injury.

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