Zambia: Gold Medals Elude Judokas

GOLD medals eluded Zambian judokas yesterday but still managed to add six more medals at the on-going Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Youth Games held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka.

Despite missing out on gold medals to South Africa who won eight, Zambian judokas won three silver and bronze medals to take their medal count to 14 and 16 for the country following two bronze medals won in swimming.

Lestina Siapeya won two silver medals in the 70kg and open category events with Kings Chilemu grabbing silver in the men's 81kg event.

Stephen Mung'andu, who won a gold medal on Sunday in the 66kg event, failed to repeat the feat settling for a bronze medal together with Pelvin Lipanda from the 73 kg category as Wendy Mwaba won a bronze from the female 63 kg category.

South Africa finished top of the two day judo event with 17 medals followed by Zambia on 14, Angola on nine medals with Botswana on three, Mozambique also with three as Malawi and Swaziland wrapped up their campaign on two medals each.

At the newly constructed Olympic size swimming pool, South Africa came off the waters the happiest and winning all 32 gold medals that were on offer at the aquatic centre while Zambia failed to add a medal on day-three of the games.

South Africa won 32 gold, 23 silver and two bronze with Namibia six silver and 16 bronze medals.

Zimbabwe were third on 10 medals from which three were silver and seven bronze with Botswana on five bronze and Zambia last with two bronze medals.

After winning a bronze on each of the opening two days through Tilka Paljk and Ralph Goveia the two Zambians were again the closest to winning the country a medal on the fourth day by finishing fourth in the respective competitions.

With 2012 Olympian Jade Howard failing to inspire the rest of the Zambian swimming contingent, the United Kingdom based lass yesterday tried to prove her high rating but it just brought her into fourth place.

Goveia should feel hard done after his time of 59.00 seconds was just eighth-hundred of a second outside the podium finish take by Zimbabwe's Andresiou Cyprianos who clocked 58.92 seconds to finish third and with a bronze in the men 200metres freestyle.

Paljik also finished fifth in the women 100 fly while Howard clocked 2:18.81 minutes in the race that saw South African Lindsay McLeod finish in front with 2:07.86 minutes but Howard went to finish ninth in the 200 backstroke event.

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