Chiborise eyes Africa Senior Championships

Shelly Guni

Rising sprinter Kudzanai Chiborise dreams of qualifying for the Africa Senior Championships.

Chiborise who recently won the men’s 800m race at the Gaborone International Athletics track and field meet, has shifted his focus to another upcoming race in Botswana where he is hoping to make it to the regional championships.

The 20-year old took part at the tournament held at Botswana National Stadium in Gaborone on April 30 and finished first in 1minute 52:08 seconds ahead of Botswana’s Bagopi Allaster and Tshimologo Bakani who were second and third respectively.

The upcoming Botswana nationals are set for May 14-15 in Francistown.

“My dream is to qualify for the Africa Senior Championships slated for Mauritius next month. And these races will help me in preparing for that major tournament.

“Next week I will be taking part in the Botswana nationals and I hope to maintain and or improve from my recent performance,” he said.

Chiborise said winning the Gaborone international race was a confidence booster for him.

“It was like a dream come true. Winning that race comes as a confidence booster in my career.

“The tournament is an international one that’s why there were athletes from different countries.”

The youngster has had quite a decent journey as he is ranked 32 in Africa and 121 in the world.

Chiborise started his career in 2017 when the Healing, Prophetic and Deliverance Ministries founder, Prophet Walter Magaya opened a club.

“Initially I was interested in soccer and handball until December 2017, and from then I have never looked back.

“It is so awesome because I’m starting to win major races which I always hope I maintain that winning streak.”

He described his failure to qualify for last year’s World Championships as a low in his career so far.

“I was very disappointed to miss with only six seconds.  It was very heart-breaking because I had been working hard for the past two years prior to that to qualify for the race,” he said.

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