Geshom Nyathi Sports Correspondent
Zimbabwe sprinter Gabriel Mvumvure bowed out of the men’s 100m semi-finals of the World Championships in Moscow yesterday.
The US-based 25-year-old athlete who was drawn on the inside lane finished sixth in 10,21 seconds which was outside his personal best of 9,98 seconds set in the US in June this year.
US’s Justin Gatlin a former world champion and a strong threat to Usain Bolt outsprinted them all to win in 9,94 seconds and qualified for the grand finale ran later yesterday.
Gatlin finished ahead of another top Jamaican sprinter Nester Carter who finished in 9,97 seconds while South African champion Amaso Jokodwana placed fourth in 10.17 seconds.
Mvumvure had thrown a tense challenge in his first round on the opening day of the nine-day championships, finishing a credible third place in 10.28 seconds. The Zimbabwean was making a strong comeback this season after he was sidelined by an injury for the better part of last year which forced him out of the London Olympic Games.
Mvumvure, the sole Zimbabwe athlete in the track and field events is partnered by Cephas Pasipamire who is set to compete in the men’s marathon on Saturday.
He will face some of the toughest opponents mainly from East African countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Phakamile Lisimati of Matabeleland South is the team’s coach.
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