Zimbabwe at the 2008 Summer Paralympics

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Zimbabwe at the
2008 Summer Paralympics
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg
IPC code ZIM
NPC Zimbabwe National Paralympic Committee
in Beijing
Competitors 2 in 1 sport
Flag bearer Elliot Mujaji[1][2]
(opening & closing)
Medals
Ranked -th
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Paralympics appearances
Other related appearances
Southern Rhodesia Rhodesia (1960, 1964, 1968, and 1972)

Zimbabwe competed in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, China. The country's delegation consisted of two track and field athletes, Elliot Mujaji and Molene Muza. Mujaji is a two-time Paralympic gold medalist, having won the 100 metre T46 event in 2000 and 2004, while Muza competed in the Paralympic Games for the first time. In the days leading up to the games, the pair trained at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo under coach Remigio Mumbire, however a lack of money threatened to cut the training camp short. The group planned to leave for Beijing on 28 August and arrive two days later.[3]

Mujaji competed in the men's 100 and 200 metre races, and Muza in the women's javelin and shot put.

Athletics[edit]

Men
Athlete Class Event Heats Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Points Rank
Elliot Mujaji T46 100 m 12.01 6 Did not advance
200 m 23.23 2 Q N/A 50.75 - 8

Mujaji was hit by hamstring problems during the 200 m final. He had to stop and went on to hobble across the finish line.[4]

Women
Athlete Class Event Heats Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Points Rank
Molene Muza F57-58
(F58)
Shot put N/A 6.74 693 13
Javelin throw N/A 23.09 783 10

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Opening Ceremony - Flagbearers' List Archived September 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. on the website of the International Paralympic Committee
  2. ^ Closing Ceremony - Flagbearers' List[permanent dead link], International Paralympic Committee, September 17, 2008.
  3. ^ "Paralympics team faces problems". Sunday News. 2008-08-24. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  4. ^ Mujaji’s Paralympic dream shattered, Great Zimbabwe News, September 10, 2008