Ngonidzashe Makusha missed out on a place in the final at the ongoing IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea, after finishing fifth in the semi- final heats Sunday.
Makusha (24), who was running in lane seven of heat three in the semis, needed to finish in the top two to secure automatic qualification but came home fifth in 10,27 seconds.
The United States-based Zimbabwean will have an opportunity to make amends as he is also set to compete in the long jump event, whose qualification event starts on Thursday.
However, in Sunday’s race, Makusha was slow in coming out of the blocks and could not keep pace with the leaders.
The race was eventually won by veteran 35-year-old Kim Collins of the Caribbean nation of St Kitts and Nevis in 10,08 seconds while Jamaican Nesta Carter came second in 10,16 seconds.
Great Britain’s Harry Aikines and American Justin Gatlin finished third and fourth respectively.
Makusha, who had a season and personal best time of 9,89 going into these championships, had booked a place in the semifinals after finishing third in 10,32 seconds on Saturday behind Jamaica’s Johan Blake and Frenchman Jimmy Viccaut.
Another Zimbabwean sprinter, Gabriel Mvumvure, failed to progress beyond the first round after finishing sixth in 10,63 seconds in the heats of the competition on Saturday.