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Will Zimbabwe Athletes Get Any Olympics Medals?

  • Michael Kariati

Runners make their way around the track during a 1500 meter semifinal at the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 18, 2016.

Runners make their way around the track during a 1500 meter semifinal at the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 18, 2016.

There is still a medal hope for Zimbabwe at the Olympic Games.

Marathon runners Wirimai Juwao, Cuthbert Nyasango, and Partson Ndlovu still carry Zimbabwe’s hopes for a medal when they take to the road in the 42 kilometer race over the weekend.

The three have the chance to either make it or join the rest of the disappointing Zimbabwean athletes, some of whom failed to make it even past the first stage of their competitions.

The marathon is the last event on the Olympics Games programme, and the last time in 2012, Wirimai Juwawo finished seventh, just three places away from a bronze medal.

Juwao knows that nothing less than a seventh place finish will be accepted back at home, and promised to do his best.

Nyasango finished in ninth position at the London Games and a lot more effort is needed if he is to get Zimbabweans to celebrate.

Ndlovu is taking part in his first ever Olympic Games but has shown potential.


In soccer, football authorities have warned that those who cause mayhem at this weekend’s matches and others to follow will be arrested and prosecuted.

Premier Soccer League Chief Executive Officer Kennedy Ndebele says they have asked clubs to have a huge police presence and private security details to counter hooliganism.

The warning comes following disturbances which rocked Barbourfields Stadium during the match between Highlanders and Chicken Inn.

During the game, Highlanders fans threw missiles onto the pitch and had running battles with the police unhappy with the match officiating.

The Premier Soccer League have asked Bosso to appear before a hearing to answer to the behavior of their fans.

After the Bulawayo incident, Highlanders are away to ZPC Kariba for their 20th game of the progamme at Nyamhunga Stadium tomorrow.

ZPC Kariba normally play their best football against the top teams especially when playing at home, and coach Sunday Chidzambwa is happy with his side.

With the way Highlanders are playing at the moment, it is very difficult to think that they will come out with even a point.

Top of the table, FC Platinum have a short trip to Gibbo Stadium for a date against Triangle.

Of late, Kugona Kunenge Kudada have been stuttering to draws and they need to improve on that if they are to cement their position at the top of the table

That’s why Caps United are lurking just two points behind the log leaders and seem to have the power to pick up maximum points away from Bulawayo.

A draw or loss for FC Platinum, coupled by a win for the Green Machine will see Caps United go top of the table.

Dynamos are not having the best of times. Dembare have drawn five of their last six matches and last week against Bulawayo City, coach Lloyd Mutasa did not field regulars, Denver Mukamba, Charles Muroyiwa, Steven Alimenda, Tatenda Mukuruva and Roderick Mutuma

Assistant coach Murape Murape explains the reason for that.

On Sunday, Dynamos play Harare City which is coached by former Dembare mentor Moses Chunga. Although they are not on form, Dynamos supporter Tinashe Macheka says Chunga will fall.

The other matches are as follows:

Saturday

Chicken Inn Vs Tsholotsho FC White City
How Mine Vs Chapungu Luveve Stadium

Sunday

Border Strikers Vs Ngezi Platinum Stars Dulivhadzimo Stadium
Mutare City Rovers Vs Hwange Sakubva Stadium

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