US-based sprint ace Charamba books Olympic qualification berth

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Rising sprinter Makanakaishe Charamba became the fifth Zimbabwean athlete to meet the qualifying standard for the Paris Olympics by clocking 22.00 seconds for the 200m.

Charamba’s time which came on his way to finishing third in the 200m final at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Gainsville, Florida on Saturday, surpassed the Olympic qualifying time of 20.16 seconds.

He joins compatriots Tapiwanashe Makarawu (200m), Isaac Mpofu (men’s marathon), Rutendo Nyahora (women’s marathon)and Stephen Coxs (rowing) in making the Paris target.

Charamba also made history for Auburn University in Florida as his time is now the second fastest 200m time in the school’s history.

His time which was an Olympic qualifying standard time, was only four hundredths of a second shy of Coby Miller’s school record.

The former Hillcrest College student has enjoyed a blistering start to his career at Auburn University following his transfer from Carson-Newman University.

After attaining the Olympic qualification standard for the 200m, Charamba will be aiming to book his ticket for the 400m after coming close over the past few weeks.

On Saturday Charamba was part of Auburn’s 400x100m relay team which ran a season’s best time of 38.55 to claim a bronze medal.

The relay’s time is the fifth fastest time in Auburn history. It’s also the best finish at SECs since 1997.

Auburn’s next competition will be the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, May 22-25, on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

The nation’s top 48 competitors from the east and west regions of the country will qualify for the NCAA Prelims, with the top 12 from those meets advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June.

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