Zimbabwe shined at the Big East Outdoor Track and Field Championships yesterday (13 May 2017) hosted by Villanova University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Depaul University student athletes jumper Brian Mada and sprinter Rutendo Chimbaru both climbed the medals podium during the championships.
Mada, a second year student, defended his Big East triple jump title, winning gold for Depaul once again. Mada was in second place after the first five jumps to Marquette’s William Wolf , but his final jump of 14,87 in driving rain, clinched him the title once again. Mada came onto the Zimbabwean track scene as a student at St Faith’s Mission in Rusape, before earning a full track scholarship to study at Depaul. Mada’s gold contributed to Depaul’s men’s team winning the championships for the first time in 25 years.
Chimbaru anchored the Depaul 4x400m relay team to win bronze in a collective time of 3:48.69. “Chim”, as she is popularly known in Zimbabwe, was back on the track for the first time since recovering from injury, only her second appearance for Depaul since she arrived in Chicago in January to start her university studies. She studied at Arundel School where she dominated sprints on the local, national and Southern African high school sports scenes.