Zimbabwe has participated at every Olympics event since 1980, winning medals in 1980 (Women’s Hockey team – gold), 2004 (Kirsty Coventry – 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze) and 2008 (Kirsty Coventry – 1 gold, 3 silver).
Once again the country will be represented and here is a list of those that have made the grade thus far (keep coming back as this list gets updated as more people qualify):
United States-based long-distance runner Pardon Ndhlovu qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games after having meet the required running times that was set out for runners in January 2015. The Orlando Half-Marathon winner will be participating at this grande event for the first time.
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After representing Zimbabwe at the London Olympics in 2012 and finishing in a commendable 12th, the marathon runner hopes that this time around he will be able to make his country proud.
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3. Peter Purcell-Gilpin
Zimbabwe will once again have representatives in the rowing events at the Olympics, this time with former St. George’s student, who has done relatively well in continental meet-ups, finishing 4th at the FISA Africa Olympic Qualifications, thus bagging a ticket to Rio 2016.
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4. Micheen Thornycroft
Second time Olympian, Thornycroft hopes to do better than the 14th place finish that she achieved at London 2012. Qualifying as the best female in Africa at the recent FISA Africa Olympic Qualifications, the current South African-based scrull rower will be sure this time to have her boat with her and avoid the last Olympics mishap of being without it for 5 days.
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Zimbabwe’s all time best Olympian (arguably best sportsperson) once again will fly the country’s flag, with her sights set on adding to the 7 medals that she’d managed to bag thus far. She has managed to qualify for 2 events presently.
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6. Sean Gunn
11. Tatenda Tsumba
12. Camilla Kruger
13. Andrew Peebles
16. Women’s Soccer
The “Mighty Warriors”, as Zimbabwe’s female soccer team are affectionately known as, will be debuting at this event, becoming the first soccer team to make the Olympic grade. Travelling with perennial foes Bayana Bayana (South Africa’s female team) the Mighty Warriors are hopeful of making their mark on this world stage, in the land that is regarded to have produced some of the world’s best footballers – Brazil.
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