Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) president Thabani Gonye has been recognised for his achievements during his athletics career in the US in the 90s after being inducted into the Augustana University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
Gonye, who represented Zimbabwe at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics had a successful collegiate career at Augustana University in South Dakota in the US.
After transferring from a junior college in Texas, Gonye moved to Augustana as an accounting and business administration double major and student-athlete on a track & field scholarship.
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Gonye holds 14 top-10 marks in Augustana track history. He is the school record holder in the 60m dash in a time of 6.79 seconds and is a member of the 4×400 indoor and outdoor school record-holding relay teams.
He earned three All-America honours including a national runner-up in 1993 with the 4×400 relay team.
He was a two-time NCC Outdoor Champion and holds the third-best time in South Dakota College history with his 46.79 in the 400m.
He is a 1998 graduate of Augustana.
Gonye was inducted into the Augustana University Athletics Hall of Fame alongside Ali Adamson (women’s basketball), Nate Baumann (baseball), Ben Nauman (football), Jay Sherer (wrestling), Rachel Stangler (women’s cross country and track & field), Kristi Villar (softball) and Brad Wierda (football).