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Athletes gear up for world stage

Ndamu Sandu

ZIMBABWE will use the ongoing Permit meeting of the African Athletics Confederation southern region series to prepare for the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF)’s Worl

d Youth Championship, team manager Chatsworth Mawarire has said.

The fourth IAAF World Youth Championship would be held in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh from July 13 to 17.

The ongoing Southern Africa Permit series ends in Namibia tomorrow.

The tri-nation series, which is held over eight days in three countries, includes Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. The first leg of the series was held in Botswana on Saturday with Zimbabwe hosting the second leg on Wednesday.

Mawarire said Zimbabwean athletes were using the tri-nation series to qualify for the Marrakesh tourney.

“We are looking at exposure on the part of our athletes to qualify for the World Youth Championship in Morocco,” Mawarire said.

The IAAF World Youth Championship has already set the entry times for men from both the fully automatic and hand timing.

Mawarire said Zimbabwe was hopeful to bring back home at least six gold medals from the final leg tomorrow.

“We are looking at winning at least six gold medals and consolidate our medals haul,” Mawarire said.

Zimbabwe’s medals hopefuls in tomorrow’s event are Lewis Masunda, Talkmore Nyongani and Themba Ncube. The trio won gold medals on Wednesday in the men’s 5 000m, 200m and 400m categories respectively.

Mawarire said Zimbabwe would be represented at the event by a 15-member team led by Masunda.

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