US-based sprint ace Chiyangwa edges closer to Paris Olympic Games qualification

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    Rising Zimbabwean track star Takudzwa Donald Chiyangwa is edging closer towards securing a qualification berth for the men’s 400m competition at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

    The 22-year-old US-based sprinter swept to a nice personal best time of 45.06 seconds to win the men’s 400m at the NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Louisiana Monroe last weekend.

    Chiyangwa’s winning time was however just agonizingly shy of the men’s 400 m qualification standard for the Paris Olympics which has been set at 45.00 seconds.

    It was also shy of the Zimbabwe men’s 400m national record of 44.58 seconds which was set by former Olympian Lewis Banda on May, 15 2004.

    Chiyangwa’s time at the weekend was however enough for him to claim the national junior collegiate title in the US.

    He won the gold medal ahead of his New Mexico Junior College teammate Bovel McPherson from Jamaica who was 2nd in a PB of 45.86s.

    Chiyangwa, who is aiming to qualify for the Paris Olympics, is a part of quick-rising Zimbabweans who are becoming a force in the NCAA.

    His New Mexico Junior College teammate Tapiwa Makarawu and Auburn University star Makanakaishe Charamba have already qualified for the Olympics in the 200m.

    Others such as triple jump star Chengetayi Malaya, sprinter Vimbayi Maisvorewa, Ashley Kamangirira and Clinton Muunga just to mention a few are also edging closer to qualification.

    Chiyangwa is also a formidable 200m sprinter with a personal best time of 20.20 seconds and has already committed to the University of Alabama, who have offered him a full ride track scholarship.

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