Makusha on the mend

Zimbabwe long jump and 100m record holder, Ngoni Makusha, who ruptured his Achilles tendon during training last May, is on the road to full fitness.

Ngoni Makusha.
Ngoni Makusha.

He missed the London 2012 Olympic Games due to the injury, but now looks forward to flying high his country’s flag in August’s World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

Worldwide Scholarships director, Munya Maraire, confirmed in a recent interview that Makusha was on the mend. “Everything went well concerning the surgery and Makusha is now fit and back in training. His immediate goal is the World Championships,” said Maraire, whose organization assists local athletes to develop talent and get scholarships to U S universities.

Makusha (26 next month) trains under former athletics great, Kenneth Harnden. Injury struck just when his career as a long jumper and sprinter of international repute was taking off. After missing third place by a whisker at the Beijing Olympics, he scooped bronze in long jump at the 2011 World Athletics Championships.

The same year, Makusha also became one of only four athletes to win the double (100 m & Long Jump) at the US Collegiate Championships, joining an esteemed elite: DeHart Hubbard (1925), Jesse Owens (1935 & 1936), and Carl Lewis (1981).

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