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Two Zim swimmers qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics

Paige van der Weisthuizen

Swimmers Denilson Cyprianos and Paige van der Weisthuizen have secured their spots to compete at the 2024 Paris Olympics, marking a significant achievement for Zimbabwean swimming. Their qualification came through a universality slot, which allows athletes from nations with fewer representatives to participate, despite not meeting the standard qualifying times.

With their successful qualification, Cyprianos and Weisthuizen have bolstered Zimbabwe’s contingent to seven confirmed athletes for the upcoming Games. They join the ranks of Makanaka Charamba, Rutendo Nyahora, Tapiwanashe Makarawu, Isaac Mpofu, and Steven Cox, who have also earned their places through rigorous qualifying processes in their respective sports.

Despite this progress, the Zimbabwe Olympics Committee had set a goal of achieving ten qualified athletes. However, with the qualifying window closing in just a few days, reaching this target appears increasingly unlikely. In comparison, during the previous edition of the Olympics in Tokyo, Team Zimbabwe was represented by only five athletes, indicating a steady growth in the country’s Olympic participation.

The qualification of Cyprianos and Weisthuizen reflects their dedication and perseverance, overcoming challenges to earn their places on the world stage. As they prepare to represent Zimbabwe in Paris, their journey serves as inspiration for aspiring athletes across the nation, demonstrating that with determination and hard work, Olympic dreams can indeed become a reality.

In other news – Kombi driver kills girlfriend in domestic dispute

A Kombi driver in Plumtree faces legal consequences after fatally assaulting his girlfriend during a domestic dispute, stemming from his inability to control his temper.

Author Tshuma (24) appeared before Plumtree magistrate Joshua Nembaware and was charged with murder. He was remanded in custody until July 16 and advised to seek bail from the High Court. Read More

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