17 July 2012

Zambia: Runner Prince Mumba Emerges Fourth

ZAMBIA's 800 meter specialist, Prince Mumba at the weekend emerged fourth at the Kortrijkse Guldensporen meeting in Belgium after timing 1:48.17 minutes.

The event, which is one of the Flanders Cup meetings held at the Guldensp Kortrijk, was won by Kenyan Alex Kibet, who clocked 1:47.32.

In second place was Mark Wieczorek from the United States of America (US), who recorded 1:47.59 minutes, while Ahmed Aminy from Morocco timed 1:47.81 minutes.

Ryan Martin, Michael Preble and Charles Jock, all from the US were fifth, sixth and seventh with times 1:48.39, 1:48:65 and 1:48:67,respectively.

Mumba, one of the three runners with Chaoness Choosha and Gerald Phiri, representing Zambia at the 2012 London Olympics starting on July 27 to August 12, said: "I was feeling great except Iwas boxed in and I could not come out of the box. When I came out ofthe box it was too late."

And Zambia Judo Association president, Alfred Foloko has expressed confidence that judoka Boas Munyonga will perform well at the 2012 London Olympics.

Foloko said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that he was optimistic of a good result from Zambia's sole representative in judo consideringthe effort he was putting in the preparations during the training camp in Scotland.

He said he was in constant communication with Munyonga and his coach from Romania, and that from the daily reports he gets, the fighter was shaping up well for the competition that starts next week.

"So far so good, the preparations are going on well. I have always been in touch with the coach and the judoka.

"From the reports I get on a daily basis, he is shaping up well for the Olympics," Foloko said.

Meanwhile, National Olympic Committee of Zambia secretary general, Hazel Kennedy said all the athletes currently camped in Scotland were responding well to training and had settled in well.

Kennedy said the athletes did not go to Glasgow, Scotland, for serious training because the committee did not want the athletes to have injuries, but instead they went there for physical and body maintenance.

"The athletes are okay. They have settled down; basically the athletes did not go there for serous training, but they went there for physical check-ups like body toning, muscle and physiotherapy," Kennedy said.

She said the athletes with the help of their respective coaches and with the help of the attached international experts of various sports disciplines had started equipping themselves for the globalshowpiece.

Zambia is fielding sole boxing representative, Gilbert Choombe, judoka Munyonga, swimmers Zane Jordan and Jade Howard, runners Choosha, Mumba and Phiri.

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