A well run 4:38.53 1500m race saw Zimbabwean runner Mary Joy Mudyiravanji go through to the Women’s 1500m A Final on Day 6 at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
The 17 year old Mudyiravanji was visibly nervous before the start of the race as she kept flexing her legs and could not stand still until the start of the race. The Zimbabwean athlete seemed to have been tipped well tactically as she stayed a lane out wide to avoid the bumping and budging.
With two laps left to run, Mudyiravanji started advancing forward but still trailed the the leading pack in sixth place as the German athlete who was leading stretched the field. It was in the last two hundred metres that Mudyiravanji dug her heels in and went past the other athletes to claim third place in the first qualification heat of the Women’s 1500m event.
The third place finish also saw Mudyiravanji registering her personal best in the event. Having represented Zimbabwe at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Ukraine last year, the Zimbabwean athlete is no stranger to the international stage.
The fastest 10 athletes from the two qualification heats made it to the A Finals which take place Monday 25 August. Mudyiravanji was the sixth fastest from the two heats combined.
Can Mary Joy Mudyiravanji, smash her personal best again on Monday and maybe win that medal that has proven elusive for Team Zimbabwe in Nanjing?