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Dzingai struggles to meet Olympic time


Seasoned Zimbabwean sprinter Brian Dzingai failed to meet the qualifying standards for the Olympic Games despite finishing first and second in the 100m and 200m respectively, at 6th Liese Prokop Memorial in St Poelten, Austria on Thursday night.

The 6th Liese Prokop Memorial meet afforded athletes an opportunity to meet the qualification standards for the Olympic Games which will run from July 27 to August 12 this year.

The diminutive US-based sprinter who turned 31 in April first won the men’s 100m B final in 10,51secs ahead of Erik Rigler from Slovakia who came second in 10,63secs.

Dzingai’s winning time however fell short of the 10,18secs A standard and the B standard time of 10,24secs.

The two-time Zimbabwean Olympian and national 200m record holder should have fancied himself in his signature events the 200m, but finished second in a time of 21,04secs.

This again fell well short of the Olympic qualification standards for the 200m which have been set at 20,55secs for the A standard and 20,65secs for the B standard.

Dzingai, who has struggled over the last two seasons due to injuries, is aiming put all that behind him as he aims for a third appearance at the Olympic Games having represented the country in Greece in 2004 and Beijing for years later.

He was the flag-bearer for Team Zimbabwean in Beijing, China four years ago, where he missed out on a bronze medal by mere second after finishing fourth in the men’s 200m final.

Running in a strong field led by Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt, Dzingai ran a time of 20,22secs which initially placed him unofficially in sixth place. Bolt shattered the world record, stretching away comfortably to win that race.

However, due to the disqualification of Dutchman Churandy Martina and American Wallace Spearman, Dzingai moved up to fourth place overall, missing out on a bronze medal by 0,24secs secs.

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