THE 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing is now water under the bridge and for the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee focus now shifts to the London Games in 2012.
ZOC chief executive Robert Mutsauki says his committee want to see Zimbabwe’s performance at the Olympics Games getting better with each edition and is not going to waste any time in kick-starting the preparations for London 2012.
“We are happy that Team Zimbabwe did well at the Games recently held in China and we will certainly carry out a review of the whole event. But I must hasten to say that the team did general well and we achieved our objective of doing better than the Athens Game.
“We won four medals as opposed to three the last time and not only did we improve the tally but the quality of medals as well,” said Mutsauki.
Zimbabwe finished off the China Games with one gold and three silver medals all won by swimmer Kirsty Coventry from the Water Cube swimming pool.
Four years ago, Coventry had won one gold, one silver and one bronze medal.
Mutsauki said he was pleased to note that for the first time in the history of Zimbabwe that track and field athletes competed all the way to the finals at the Olympics.
“While it was Coventry alone who once again won the medals, Brian Dzingai did well to qualify for the finals of the 200m where he finished fourth.
“Ngoni Makusha was also brilliant and just missed a medal by a centimetre in the long jump while Mike Fokorani was the 11th best finisher in the marathon.
“So we witnessed a good improvement even from Elana Hill in rowing as this was her first time at the Olympics. —— thesportsman.info.