>> June 14, 2011
I used to say this guy just run a fluke 9.97s in April 2011 with a tailwind of +2.0, just inside of the allowed limit.
But Ngonidzashe Makusha of Zimbabwe (Florida State University) is now rose to stardom after a golden leap of 8.40m (+0.0) in the long jump during the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, and eclipsed his old NR mark 8.30m.
A day later he proved to the World that a 9.97s' run in April was only a warm-up race heading this champs where he clocked a very respected time of 9.89s with moderate wind +1.3. He also broke the NCAA record 9.92s set by Ato Boldon in 1996.
Sorry Usain Bolt, but Makusha had just moved you to no fifth now (as of June 12, 2011). Tyson Gay still the lead (9.79s), followed by Steve Mullings (9.80s) and Mike Rodgers (9.85s).
Behind Makusha in the 100m was Mookie Salaam (Rakieem 'Mookie" Mustafa Allah "Salaam") who broke the 10s barrier for the first time in 9.97s, the 79th sprinter slipped sub 10s. Third place went to Maurice Mitchell in 10.00s.
Following the 2 gold medals victory, Makusha has becomes one of the only four athletes to win the double (100m & Long Jump) at the NCAA championships. The three others are DeHart Hubbard (1925) Jesse Owens (1935 & 1936) , and Carl Lewis (1981). Owens and Lewis requires no introduction!. DeHart is the first blacks athlete to win an inividual gold medal at the Olympic Games (Long Jump 7.89m - 1924 in Paris).
Ngonidzashe Makusha's Biodata
Full Name: Ngonidzashe Makusha
Date of Birth: 11 March 1987
Height: 1.78 m
Weight: 73 kg
Events: 100 metres, Long Jump
Personal Bests: 100m 9.89s (10.06.2011) NR, Long Jump 8.40m (09.06.2011) NR
Olympic Games 2008 - 4th in Long Jump (8.19m)