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Zimbabwe Team in Brazil for Olympics Games

  • Michael Kariati

Acrobats on Olympics rings and lifted musicians perform as the Olympic torch is relayed along Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo's financial center, Brazil, July 24, 2016.

Acrobats on Olympics rings and lifted musicians perform as the Olympic torch is relayed along Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo's financial center, Brazil, July 24, 2016.

The chairman of the Sports and Recreation Commission Edward Siwela says they are not setting the team any targets but have told the athletes to go out there and do their best.

The Zimbabwe Olympic Games team is safely at its Olympics Village in Sao Paolo.

Zimbabwe has sent its biggest ever contingent to the Olympic Games with 13 athletes and 18 soccer players out to do better than in 2012 when the team returned home empty handed.

Although there are some are familiar faces from the 2012 London Games and others before, there are newcomers in the form of women marathon runner Rutendo Nyahora, archer Gavin Sutherland, equestrian Camil Cruger, sprinter Tatenda Tsumba and marathon runner Partson Ndlovu, who are making their maiden appearance.

The chairman of the Sports and Recreation Commission Edward Siwela says they are not setting the team any targets but have told the athletes to go out there and do their best.

Seven time medal winner, Kirsty Coventry and Sean Gunn will hunt for medals in the swimming pool.

Gavin Sutherland will compete in archery, Camil Kruger in equestrian, Michael Nicholson in shooting with Andrew Peebles and Micheene Thorncroft contesting in rowing.

Athletics has a large continent with for marathon runners Wirimai Juwawo and Cuthbert Nyasango who are from Harare as well as Rutendo Nyahora who is based in South Africa and Pardon Ndlovu who is based in the USA.

There are places too for USA based sprinters Gabriel Bvumvure and Tatenda Tsumba.

However, to the ordinary Zimbabwean, the Olympics Games are all about Kirsty Coventry.

A football follower Donald Nyikadzino says although age has caught up with the queen of the pool, looking at the other members of the Zimbabwean team she is the only capable of bringing home a medal.

Sports Follower Fanuel Dhaka believes Coventry is going to leave the stage with a flourish.

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