HARARE – Zimbabwe sprinter Gabriel Mvumvure was delighted with his performance in the 100m race at the IAAF World Challenge meet in Spain despite a seventh place finish.
Mvumvure clocked 10.16 in the 100m final won by Nesta Carter of Jamaica at the Moratalaz Municipal Sports Centre in Madrid on Saturday night.
The Jamaican ran a sub 10 time of 9.87 and was followed by Mookie Salaam of the US, who crossed the finish line with a time of 10.07.
Salaam’s compatriot Calesio Newman was third with a time of 10.10 while Antoine Adams from St Kitts and Vincent was fourth with a time of 10.14.
Although it was not a top place finish, the Louisiana-based Zimbabwean was pleased with his performance as he shed a few more milliseconds from his previous race in Hungary last Wednesday.
The 25-year-old raced at the Budapest Gyulai István Memorial meet in Hungary last week where he finished fifth with a time of 10.28 in the men’s 100m dash.
“I felt better than Budapest. “I ran 10.16 so I’m finding myself. I thank God I had an injury-free race.
“I’m still working on execution so 10.16 is a huge confidence booster,” Mvumvure told the Daily News.
“Madrid was nice. I felt more like myself and I was impressed with my finish. I was not that efficient on the first part of the race.
“I found myself behind the front bunch 30 metres into the race.
“However, I was more impressed with how I stayed composed within the race.
“I didn’t rush my drive phase so I felt like my top end speed was better than any meets I have ran so far in Europe.”
This week, Mvumvure is expected to race in Italy at the Meet in Lignano tomorrow night where he will close his European season before he starts preparing for next month’s World Athletics Championships in Moscow.
“In Italy, God willing I want to run another sub 10. I’m not going to chase it but I’m just going to relax and execute my race properly,” he said.
“Right now I’m not concerned with what position I come out.
“I’m just focusing on getting better in every meet that I take part in.
“My main goal is World Championships so the more I continue to polish my race, the better the outcome. I’ll be ready for Moscow.”