Makusha eyeing second Olympics appearance

The Olympic Games are the highest level of competition, and competing there is every athlete’s dream.

For most athletes, particularly those who compete in track and field, the Olympic Games represent the apex of their careers.

After years of practice and numerous rounds of competition, only the top athletes in the world are given the chance to compete. These elite athletes are represented by Ngoni Makusha.

The famed sprinter is still overcome with enthusiasm at the prospect of competing against the best in the world.

The Chitungwiza-born superstar ultimately placed eighth, unable to muster his very best on the day he needed it. But he nevertheless left the Olympics grateful for the experience.

And as he eyes his second appearance at the 2024 Olympics, Makusha will be using the vast experience he managed to get during his maiden appearance.

“Olympic experience was one of the greatest, given that it is something that I always wanted when I was growing up.

“I never thought that I could be on that platform so yeah I was overwhelmed but I learnt a lot from it.

“Have already started preparations for the Summer Olympics to be held in Paris next year and its going well at the moment.

“I am hoping to get my qualifications so that I get to train the right frame of my mind without the issue affecting me.”

Makusha’s journey dates back to as early as 2015.

“Well I started running competitively in 2015, getting my first national call up in 2016 and it’s been a wonderful journey for me with its ups and downs but I achieved more than I could have asked of myself being national champion, Southern region Champion, Record Holder, African Championships bronze medalist and Olympian been really great

Last year he was part of the 4x100m relay team that competed in the final at the same championships in 2018, in Nigeria. The other members were Dickson Kapandura, Tatenda Tsumba and Leon Tafirenyika.

They finished fourth, missing out on the podium.

Meanwhile, Makusha says he remains positive despite facing financial challenges in his journey to the top.

He said he has been failing to compete in certain crucial competitions due the financial constraints.

“Challenges I have faced include the inability to travel to certain competitions because of financial incapability but I have remained upbeat despite this.”

He however paid homage to a number of organisations and individuals who have been supporting his dream.

“I benefited a lot in the past from a sponsorship I had with the Olympic Solidarity Scholarship which helped me with my travelling, my well-being and my nutrition.

“Very grateful to The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee which has also helped a lot.

“Some of my sponsors prefer anonymity however they have helped me to go to some qualifying competitions.”

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