Makarawu takes on Olympic champion Andre De Grassi in Ed Murphey Classic


Rising Zimbabwean sprinter Tapiwanashe Makarawu will have a chance to compete against some of the world’s leading sprinters when he lines up in the 2023 Ed Murphey Classic in Memphis, Tennessee on Friday.

The Ed Murphey Classic is a World Athletics Continental Tour Silver Meeting and will feature star-studded lineups in various events.

The event is part of the American Track League.

The star studded 200m field for the American Track League Ed Murphey Classic will include Olympic Champion Andre De Grassi from Canada.

De Grasse, who is fresh off his Canadian title win, goes head-to-head against the formidable Kenny Bednarek and the reigning 400m Olympic champion, Steven Gardiner.

USA-based Makarawu will be hoping to do well against some of the world’s best as he prepares to represent Zimbabwe in the 200m ahead of the World Athletics Championships in Budapest.

The 20-year-old, who is currently studying psychology at New Mexico Junior College, recently made headlines when he punched his ticket to the World Athletics Championships slated for August 19-27 in Budapest, Hungary.

In a record-making performance, Makarawu ran a personal best time of 10.05 seconds to claim the gold medal at the NJCAA Championships in New Mexico three months ago.

At the same meet, Carlie, as Makarawu is called by peers in the United States, also broke the national 200m record after running a time of 19.98 seconds.

Not only did he set a new national record but the former Bindura University of Science Education student placed his name on the list of the fastest Africans in the 200m race.

He joined the legendary Nambian sprint king Frank Fredericks who holds the continetal record at 19.92 seconds which he set in 1996.

Makarawu recently moved to the United States of America on a sports scholarship after posting impressive times in the Africa Senior Championships in Mauritius last year.

He was scouted and nurtured by three time Olympian and National Sports Academy coach Cuthbert Nyasango.




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