Mapaya hit by a disappointing exit at world championships

By Anashe Murombedzi

Zimbabwe ended the World Athletics Championships with a disappointing result after the nation’s elite prospect and triple jumper Chengetai Mapaya failed to reach finals of the Oregon event in the United States.

While Mapaya was in the top 10 of the world rankings and qualified after being impressive at the National Collegiate Athletics Association last month, it was quite promising that the triple jumper would never disappoint but the script was not delivered as anticipated.

Mapaya leaped 15,75 metres which did not get him a slot in the finals.

Another disappointing outing saw Zimbabwean sprinter Tinotenda Matiyenga after he finished seventh in heat four of the 200 meters race.

Away from sad moments Zimbabwe can smile with a beautiful rewind after long distance runner Isaac Mpofu set a new national record of 2 hours, 7 minutes and 57 seconds to finish tenth.

However, the global showpiece which started last week Friday will take a bow this Sunday.

Meanwhile, local based athletes who have been active in the national championships in South and Botswana are set to participate at the world championships next year for the first time since 2019.