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Donaldson targets podium at BMX Africa Challenge

AFTER falling off his bike and breaking both arms at the South African national competitions in Durban back in April, Zimbabwe BMX rider Scott Donaldson, who is now back competing, is looking forward to a podium finish at the Africa Challenge set for Harare BMX Club this coming Saturday.

BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE

Donaldson, who needed five months to mend, had his first test of action at the African Continental Championships in Durban and came eighth in the elite class during the first weekend of October.

“I broke both my arms and it took me five months of hard work to get to action. My body feels fit, but my mind still isn’t quite there,” the rider, who turns 19 in December, told Standardsport.

“I am now back on the track. I am hoping to make the podium at the Africa Challenge, but anything can happen in BMX,” the 2015 Africa continental championships junior elite winner said.

After missing on the ICU World Championships in May due to injury, Donaldson is eyeing making it to the competition set for the United States next year.

He also has sights set on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“I was hoping to go to the world championships in Colombia earlier this year, but I obviously wasn’t meant to go.
So my sight is set on America next year. My ultimate goal is to race at the next Olympic Games,” he said.

Zimbabwe hosts the annual Africa BMX Challenge on Saturday with a number of riders expected from South Africa
Having initially been cancelled, the competition is back on the schedule.

Other Zimbabwean athletes to look forward to include elite rider Penias Tenthani, former junior world champions Rebekah Oberholzer and her brother Ben.

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