Mapaya records the leading triple jump mark in the US

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Chengetayi Mapaya

Zimbabwean triple jump star Chengetayi Mapaya recorded the top indoor mark in the the triple jump in the US on Day Two of the Texas Tech Open & Multis at the Sports Performance Center in Lubrock, Texas.

Mapaya, who missed last year’s Tokyo Olympic Games due to a serious injury only needed one jump to get the win at 16.48m, the current No. 1 jump on the US collegiate track and field circuit.

It’s the first time Mapaya (23) has competed this season for the Texas Christian University (TCU) track and field team.

Mapaya is the country’s record holder in the triple jump after breaking Ndabazihle Mdhlongwa’s 23-year-old national record in March last year.

Meanwhile there was also success for Mapaya’s Zimbabwean compatriots Kundai Maguranyanga and Tinotenda Matiyenga on Saturday as they combined with David Seete and Robert Gregory Jr to claim victory in the 4×400 relay.

The squad sprinted a first-place time of 3:08.55, the No. 12 time in the NCAA.

Gregory also posted a second-place finish in the 200m with a time of 20.85, the No. 10 time in the country. Following right behind him was Matiyenga, who finished third overall with a time of 20.94, good for No. 18 in the nation.

Also notching a Top 10 time in the 200m was Maguranyanga who finished 10th overall with a time of 21.24.

 

 

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