5 Questions :


Q: Tell us a bit about yourself for those who don't know much about you, personally  ?

A:  Well, I was born and bred in Zimbabwe (Southern Africa) and that's where I started pursuing track and filed. I was fortunate enough to get an athletic scholarship to LSU and that's how I ended up in the US. Many people have problems pronouncing my last name so I will make it easy for them. It's (Voom-Voo-Ray), the M is silent, like Django. My friends call me goofy and from the looks of it I think I'm pretty funny. I am a quarter century old and focusing on making myself a better athlete that will be revered by many. In my spare time I play football (soccer), listen to music and watch movies. I am pretty simple when it comes to many things.


Q:  The World took notice of u after that 9.98 seconds clocking in Montverde, Florida ,  what was the feeling like going under 10 seconds for the first time ?

A:   Words can't really describe the feeling I had after that race. Many of my prayers got answered on that day, it felt like walking in my prayers and watching everything unfold. A great field of athletes were there and that proved to me that I was competitive enough to be victorious. I really thank God for that sub 10 and I pray for more sub 10s. I thank all the people that ever supported me, friends, family, teammates and coaches. That 9.98 was a result of all the strong shoulders I stand on because I couldn't have done it by myself.



Q: What are your goals for the 2013 season and can you see yourself in the 100m finals in Moscow ?


A:  The first goal is to stay healthy and live up to my standards. The other goal is to sign a contract and hopefully brands out there will see me worthy to sign a deal with them. For Moscow I am going all out, I won't have nothing to hold back. I want to be in that final, better yet, I want to be on that podium and if God is willing it will happen. For the past 2 1/2 weeks I have been training and resting my body for the World Championships. I've visualized making the final, I have done affirmations to have a mental urge and most of all prayed about it. So, I won't have any regrets no matter what happens in Moscow because I feel have done the necessary work.



Q: Ngonidzashe Makusha , also from your country has achieved quite a lot for Zimbabwe and has run 9.8 , what has kept you guys from producing a 4x1 team in London and  Moscow and can we expect one in 2016 Rio ?

A:  We had made plans for putting a 4x1 team for London and actually ran once but injuries took a toll on most of the participants. Ngonidzashe Makusha was our strongest leg but he ruptured his Achilles last season and had surgery. I struggled with multiple injuries so I called it a season early. Brian Dzingai who is an Olympic finalist (2008) from Zimbabwe retired last year so those were the main reasons we failed to put up a relay. We are definitely considering putting a Relay for Rio 2016 or World Championships in 2015. Makusha will be fully recovered by then, I will do my best to improve and be consistent, and we also have some young athletes from Zimbabwe on the rise at the moment. I just hope our Federation and Olympic Committee will be supportive enough to see to it that we get the opportunity to take part.



Q: What advice do you have for young athletes about taking supplements, the pros and cons of it  ?

A:  My advice to athletes is to be cautious at all times when it comes to supplements because they can be a blessing or curse. Don't just buy supplements that haven't been tested and I actually prefer supplements with an NSF logo. Never take supplements from anyone because many athletes have been victims to that and the blame game never works in our sport. If you buy supplements make sure you bring them to a nutritionist or professional that can make sure they don't have banned substances. At the end of the day you will be held accountable for whatever is found in your body. Stay clean and know that there are no short cuts to success. If you take short cuts you will be cut short.



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