With the collegiate sports season coming to a close, Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) asserted its dominancy by winning 8 gold and 4 silver medals at the Zimbabwe Tertiary Institutions Sports Union (ZTISU) games held at the University of Zimbabwe on Saturday.
BUSE’s athletes had qualified for the games after finishing the Zimbabwe University Sports Association (ZUSA) games in third behind UZ and MSU. BUSE raked in 8 gold, 5 silver, and 3 bronze medals in athletics, basketball, soccer, darts, and chess.
Now facing other tertiary institutions, BUSE swept the competition and redeemed ZUSA’s pride as a number of universities failed to send athletes.
Wayne Nkomo led the way with 3 gold medals in shot put, javelin, and discus. Busani Ndlovu sprinted his way to gold in the 400m hurdles and 110m hurdles. Busani and Wayne Nkomo are set to represent BUSE in China at the World University Games in August.
Other gold medals were won by Kudzanai Chiwara (1500m and 5000m) and Martin Magumeni in the 400m event.
Lisa Mtetwa braved an injury and won silver in the 100m and 200m events. BUSE also won silver in the 4x400m relay and the women’s javelin.
Coach Cuthbert Nyasango expressed delight in his athletes.
“I am proud of the team’s achievement. They have represented the University well. Now that the season is done, I will continue to work with them so that next year they can achieve greater results and qualify for the biannual Confederation of Universities and Colleges Sports Association (CUCSA) and Federation of Africa University Sports (FASU) games,” said Nyasango.
Sports and Recreation director Mrs. Tsitsi Muzuva was equally excited.
“We are so proud of the team. Eight gold medals and 4 silver medals are a remarkable achievement. Later in July, two of our athletes are going to China for the World University game,” she said.
BUSE’s sporting profile has grown in recent years owing to the influence of the National Sports Academy which is housed at the University.