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Zim athlete wins top US award

KEN Harnden, the former Zimbabwe international athlete, has won a coaching award in the United States.

Last week, at the National Amateur Athletic Outdoor

Track and Field Championship banquet in Sacramento, Harnden was named National Assistant Coach of the Year for 2005. This award is presented by the United States Track and Field Coaches Association.

Harnden coaches the Florida State University “Seminole” Men’s hurdles and relay groups.

In only his second year working as a full-time coach, five of Harnden’s sprinters have joined the university’s all-time top-10 list and the 4×100 relay team shattered a 27-year college record three times. The university records have been set in just two seasons under Harnden’s tutelage, one of them by Zimbabwean Brian Dzingai (200m) who competed at the Athens Olympics. Dzingai was a member of Florida State University’s 4×100 and 4×400 squads.

Harnden himself won the NCAA 400 hurdles and was a member of the 4×100 relay team that won the NCAA indoor title in 1995 while he was enrolled at the University of North Carolina.

Harnden is a two-time Olympian for Zimbabwe in Atlanta and Sydney and a participant at three World Championships. He won a bronze medal in the 400 hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and still holds the Zimbabwe national record in this event. His brother, Iain, holds the national record in 110m hurdles. – Staff Writer.

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