10 December 2012

Zambia: Judokas Mint 5 Golds

ZAMBIA yesterday hauled up nine more medals from the on-going 2012 Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zone-Six Under-20 Youth Games in Lusaka with five of them being gold.

The judokas stole the limelight at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) yesterday as they won five gold and three bronze medals to dominate the event ahead of Angola, who finished with five medals.

Joshua Nyondo won a gold medal in the 50kg category after defeating Gavin Mogopa of Botswana with Stephen Mung'andu claiming gold in the 66kg event after beating Seamus Mingay of South Africa.

More followed much to the joy of the fans as Mary Kanyemba won a gold in the 44kg female category after emerging victorious over Oliveria Hetiana of Angola. Abigail Chindele did like wise in the 48 kg event following her victory over Harieti Moniface with Nokutula Banda winning the fifth gold for Zambia in the 52 kg event after seeing off Elisandra Nguige.

The bronze medals came from Michael Mwabi and William Kalunga, who finished third in the 55kg category and 60kg events respectively, as Naomi Zungu completed the Zambian winners list with a bronze in the 57kg category.

Angola had two gold medals, silver and two bronze medals with South Africa finishing third with a gold medal, four silver and one bronze totalling to six medals. Botswana could only manage two silver, Malawi two bronze while Mozambique and Swaziland had one bronze each.

Action continues in judo today at the OYDC with the boys' 73kg, 81kg, 90kg and open categories for the boys as the girls will compete in the 70kg, 78kg, 78+ and open categories.

And from the 90 Days Legacy Swimming Pool, Zambia added one more medal to the collection with a bronze medal coming from Ralph Goveia in the 200m Individual Medley with a time of 2:19.76 minutes.

The only other Zambian who came closest to winning a medal was Alex Axiotis who finished fourth in the boys 200m breast stroke with a time of 2:44.31minutes, who was eight full seconds behind bronze medal winner Boris Kulikoskwi of Namibia while Olympian Jade Howard put up a shoddy performance finishing fifth in the 100m freestyle and was even left out of the women 400m medley relay.

For being the only Zambian who got onto podium, Goveia received the biggest cheer of the day from the packed crowd in the stands and even when a group of South Africans tried to dampen the crowd's mood by singing the South African national anthem, the crowd deafened them with the Zambian anthem.

It was a perfect solace they could get after hearing the South African anthem played 12 times as the flag was being raised for a gold medal after another.

Tilka Paljk, who won a bronze medal on Saturday failed to repeat her exploits managing a fifth place finish in the 50m free style clocking 28.52 seconds to complete what was her bad swimming day.

Earlier, Paljk finished 13th in the 50m freestyle preliminaries clocking 29.25 seconds behind heat winner Kayla Ferreira of South Africa who timed 27.08 seconds ahead of teammate Emma Chelius on 27.41 seconds. Namibia's Christin Briedenhann finished third with a time 27.60 seconds while Howard was 10th on 28.69 seconds.

Axiotis was 29th in the boys 50m freestyle preliminaries event that was dominated by South African in the top five with Reynard Wessels winning the heat with 23.11 seconds followed by Clayton Jimmie 23.59 seconds, Craig Emslie 23.85 seconds, Byron Doyle 23.88 seconds and Justus Calvyn 24.14 seconds.

Axiotis finished 23rd in the 50m backstroke clocking 32.65 seconds ahead of fellow countrymen Lee Savory and Kumaren Naidu who finished with 33.13 and 35.85 seconds timings in an event that saw the first six positions going to South Africans led by Niel De Villiers timing 27.06 seconds.

Howard was 12th in the 50m girls backstroke clocking 32.91 seconds as Jasmine Chungu was sixth in the 200m breaststroke event timing 3:05.77 seconds before going on to record 2:51.88 seconds in the 200m Individual Medley (IM) consisting of a single swimmer swimming equal distances of four different strokes within one race, to finish 15th.

Savory was 16 in the boys 100m freestyle event with a time of 56.63 seconds behind winner Wessels, who clocked 51.44 seconds ahead of seven other South Africans.

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