By Anashe Murombedzi
ZIMBABWE Paralympic athlete Vimbai Zvinowanda’s missed the women’s 200m finals after finishing 5th at the Tokyo Paralympics athletics campaign this Saturday.
The Zvishavane-based sprinter failed to make it to the finals of the T47 women’s 200m race but she is grateful for the exposure and experience she gained.
“I want to thank the almighty and thank you all for supporting me to take part in Tokyo Paralympics games,” she said.
Zimbabwe Paralympic chef de mission Ignatius Vambe noted that lack of competition back home was a drawback.
“It really was a tough race and she did her very best the only thing is that she managed to have her personal best time but this is also showing lack of competition back home.”
The first and final heats kicked off the same day, with the first in each heat and the next two fastest proceeding to the finals.
The race was led by South Africa’s Anrune Weyers with 25:62 seconds followed by Saska Sokolov of Serbia clocking to 26:01, China’s Lu Li secured third with 26:06 while Sae Tsuji from Japan blocked Zvinowanda in the top 4 with 26:88 seconds.
Zvinowanda posted her personal best time of 28:60 seconds which became her new season best, breaking her previous clock of 28:90.