Senior Sports activities Reporter
A WEEK in the past, earlier than he departed for the twelfth Fazza Championships World Para Athletics Grand Prix, Zimbabwe’s T20 runner, Albert Singele, vowed to emulate his hero Elliot Mujaji.
And yesterday, the Chinhoyi-based athlete, returned residence from his first worldwide meet with three medals, a Paralympic Video games qualification, and a brand new African document within the 1 500m.
The 23-year-old will signify Zimbabwe on the Tokyo Video games within the T20 1 500m males.
That is the primary time the Zimbabwe Nationwide Paralympic Committee could have athletes, going to the Video games, on a qualification foundation.
Beforehand, they might both get a common wild card or a bipartite entry.
“I’m so excited. Earlier than I left, I had promised that I needed to do nicely on condition that, after I was up, I used to be motivated by Elliot Mujaji’s exploits.
“I’m even trying ahead to breaking one other document on the Paralympics.
“I’m so comfortable to qualify for Tokyo, I really feel it’s a huge platform to showcase my expertise.
“For me, August could be very far, I’m able to compete.
“I’ll proceed to work exhausting, with my coaches, who’ve all the time been aiding me, that’s, coach Kudakwashe Mhondiwa and coach (Mildred) Baye.
“They’ve been supportive.
“The competitors in Dubai was very robust, it was a giant competitors however I used to be decided, and motivated, to do nicely.”
Vimbai Zvinowanda, who additionally certified for the Paralympic Video games, stated she was thrilled by her achievements.
The Zvishavane-based athlete certified for the Summer season Video games.
Within the 100m, she got here general fifth however picked up bronze within the 200m.
“I’m so excited. I wasn’t anticipating it, the competitors was robust, and coming from Africa I used to be not even anticipating it.
“I’m so thrilled that I can’t even describe the sensation.
“I wasn’t even anticipating it. Because of the Covid-19 difficulties, the coaching was not that good, however I thank God for all the things, in addition to our coaches.
“I want to thank them for encouraging us and dealing with us,” stated Zvinowanda.
Pamela Vimbai Shumba, who additionally certified for the Tokyo Video games, has appealed for the Authorities for extra monetary assist.
“I’m so comfortable to boost excessive the flag of Zimbabwe. We had been competing with seasoned runners, from developed international locations, however we even managed to beat a few of them.
“I’m interesting to the Authorities, to avail some funds, to pay for our private coaches, and different assets to organize nicely for the Video games, since we’re primarily based in other places,” stated Shumba.