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Zimbabwe make late call ups

16 July 2002

Zimbabwe’s sportswoman of the year Winnet Dube has been called up to the country’s Games team just days before they’re due to fly to Manchester.

Zimbabwe flag

Dube will be flying the flag for Zimbabwe afterall

Dube, who is the country’s 100m record holder, has gained a last minute place along with Phillip Mukomana after impressing the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee with recent performances.

Robert Mutsauki, the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) secretary-general and the general manager of the squad said that the places had been made available following the withdrawal of marathon runner Elijah Mutandiro, and that the pair had been selected: “On the basis of vastly improved performances in the respective events.”

Surprisingly Dube and Mukomana had initially been overlooked when the team was announced last month. Now that they have been included Dube will compete in the 100 and 200 metres events, while Mukomana will race in the 200m and 4X400m men’s relay.

Dube will be hoping she can transform domestic success into Commonwealth Games success after she broke the national 100m record three times this year. Zimbabwe meanwhile will be looking to build on their haul of two gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the last Games held in Malaysia in 1998.

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