Aug. 24, 2004
Tallahassee, FL - Florida State senior Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/Truman State) lived a dream today, August 24, 2004, running for the first time in his life in the Olympic Games. The 2004 Athens Olympian raced in the first and second rounds of the 200m dash, posting times of 20.72 and 20.87, respectively. Running out of the first lane in the morning race, Dzingai took fourth place behind representatives from Namibia, Algeria and Spain. Switching across the track to lane eight for the second round, the reigning Atlantic Coast Conference 200m champion finished fifth behind American and former Florida standout Bernard Williams. "I'm so proud of Brian," said head coach Bob Braman, his first Olympian as head of the Florida State program. "For the college runners, it's difficult because by now it's been a long season. He put forth a great performance, especially with all of the Olympic pressure. Now that he's finished his eligibility and can focus on training, you should see a lot more from him for many years to come." In two short seasons at Florida State, Dzingai has become a part of a historic group of Seminole student-athletes. The 200m national record holder earned a spot at the Olympic Games and in the Zimbabwe record books after running a 20.36 in front of a Tallahassee crowd at the Seminole Invite. Dzingai ran a faster time once during the remainder of the season - on the best stage in the country for track and field - the NCAA Outdoor National Championships. He finished the prelims of the 200m dash in the second fastest time in school history - 20.12. The 5'6" sprinter has dominated the 100m and 200m events on the Seminole squad this season, holding seven of the top ten 100m times and the top five times in the 200m dash. He earned the Seminole Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week honors for his Olympic performance en route to winning the 200m event at the ACC Outdoor Championships meet the following week. Although his strong event is the 200m dash, he has fared well in the 100m event. He placed second in the 100m dash at the ACC Outdoor Championships and is an integral part of the 4x100m relay, running the second or third leg in ten events this season. Dzingai earned All-America honors as an individual (5th place - 200m) and for the record-setting 4x100m relay team that finished in third place in 39.02, third fastest time of the season. He ran a leg of the 400m relay that ran the fastest time in the nation during the 2004 season, finishing the preliminary race at nationals in 38.92. The mark was the third time the group set the Florida State school record in the event. Dzingai led the 4x100m squad that won the NCAA East Regionals event title in a then-FSU school record time of 39.02, which was the third fastest in the country at the time. Dzingai was one of three Seminoles to qualify for three events at the NCAA Regional meet.