10 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Swimmers Open Medal Account

ZIMBABWEAN swimmers opened their nation's medal account at the Zone Six Games in Lusaka, Zambia when they scooped three medals in the pool at the weekend. According to Joseph Muchechetere, who is the chef de mission, Zimbabwe had, as of last night, won a silver and two bronze medals.

Muchechetere said the boys won a silver medal while the girls came third in the finals of the 4x50m relays with South African winning gold.

"We are happy that we have managed to get two medals so far and we hope to get more.

"So far we have won a silver and bronze medals, both coming from the swimming teams," said Muchechetere.

The boys' team of Supriano Andrias, Nicholas Burnett, Sloane Marshall and Trevor Price won the silver from the medley relay.

Burnett latter added another bronze from the individual 50m free-style last night.

Avonlea Bruce, Natalie Rusch, Kim Ballringer and Megan Kerry Smith made up the girls' relay team that won the bronze medal.

Muchechetere was hopeful of more medals because some of the swimmers had made it into the finals of their respective individual events late yesterday.

Bruce, Smith, Burnett, Andrias and Sloane had qualified from the heats earlier in the day.

In football, the Young Mighty Warriors, who beat Namibia 1-0 in their opening match on Friday, were scheduled to play Zambia last night.

"Our women's football team started off well by winning 2-0 against Namibia and now we should be playing the hosts Zambia at Nkoloma Stadium," said Muchechetere.

Goals by the Aces Youth Soccer Academy pair of Daisy Kaitano and Tafadzwa Tunguro gave the Young Mighty Warriors their victory.

While Zimbabwe were beat Namibia, Zambia lost their opening tie 1-0 to South Africa on Friday.

"Generally the team is performing well despite being small in size.

"I feel that we should be getting more medals from swimming and athletics which has not started yet," said Muchechetere.

Muchechetere, who is the Sports Commission director for sports development said he had noted that South Africans are once again dominating most of the events while the Namibians and the hosts have also given a fair challenge.

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