Zimbabwe has finalised its team for the IAAF World Junior Championships set for Eugene, Oregon in USA from the 22nd to the 27th of July.
Citing “financial difficulties”, Zimbabwe has trimmed its initial team of 14 to send a team of five athletes who will take part in four events. Three of the five, Michael Songore (200m) , Enlita Ncube(1500m) and Pride Lusinga (400m hurdles) met the qualifying standards set by IAAF for their events. Kudakwashe Nyahuma and South African based Shingrayi Hlangayo join Songore and Lusinga to make up a men’s 4x100m relay team which did not have to meet IAAF qualifying standards.
The event in Eugene is set to be one of the biggest ever editions of the IAAF World Junior Championships with a total of 1546 athletes from 176 countries registered to take part. Kenya is one of the African nations sending its largest ever team of 26 qualified athletes.
Zimbabwe has only won two medals at the IAAF World Junior Championships since the inception of the event in 1986. Melfort Homela won the bronze in 800 metres during the Sudbury Championships in 1988. Ndabazihle Mdhlongwa was the second and last Zimbabwean to win the a medal at the Championships, a bronze medal in triple jump at the Seoul games in 1992. Mdhlongwa jumped an impressive 16.57 metres in Seoul.
Team Zimbabwe, accompanied by three officials, will leave for the States on the 19th and are expected back home on the 30th of July.
|Enlita Ncube||Msialahobe Secondary School||1500m|
|Michael Songore||Peterhouse Boys||200m & 4x100m|
|Pride Lusinga||Batanai High School||400m Hurdles & 4x100m|
|Kudakwashe Nyahuma||St George’s College||4x100m|
|Shingirayi Hlangayo||in South Africa||4x100m|