NAMIBIAN junior tennis star Tuki Jacobs secured Namibia's first gold medal of the 2012 Supreme Council for Sports in Africa Zone Six Youth Games after beating South Africa's Trollip Reinhardt 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a thrilling final played in Lusaka on Tuesday.
Jacobs, the top-seeded player in the championship, started the game with a bad swing in the first set and struggled to put up a good game, losing by 3-6 set scores.
However the 18-year-old picked up his game in the second set and controlled the game to the end with the help of the cheering crowd, and went to claim the set.
In the third and final set, the Namibian youngster made light work on Reinhardt to capture his gold medal with a 6-2 victory.
On the way to the final Jacobs saw off Mosebi Bishops of Lesotho, Chipangano Sandukila and Sibanda Similio before beating Reinhardt in the finals.
Jacobs described the game as interesting after making a poor start, adding that he managed to get into the game with the help of his newfound fans.
He added that it was his first participation in the Zone Six games, and that the victory meant that he needed to work harder.
In the back-draw boys' singles, Namibia's Sven Fritz won his semifinal match against Chipangano Shandukile of Malawi but lost to Antonio Vundo from Angola in the next round.
Fritz and Jacobs teamed up for doubles where they lost 6-4, 7-5 and 7-6 against Trollip and Ledwaba.
The Namibians were scheduled to contest for the third position in the doubles category yesterday.
Namibia's netball team finally registered a victory after defeating Lesotho 46-27 on Tuesday. The Namibians lost against hosts Zambia 40-52, then against South Africa 27-52 and also went down against Botswana 41-44.
Namibia has one game left, to be played against Malawi today.
Only two out of eight Namibian boxers made it to yesterday's finals. Jonas Junias defeated Teboho Ramokoena of Lesotho in their semifinal bout, while Kaleb Shitana beat South African Rodrigues Fernando.
Namibia's Abel Mikasiu lost against Zambian boxer Lawrence Mukuta, while Michael Bernhard lost against South Africa's Ronald Malindi in their semifinal bouts.
Four Namibian boxers lost in the first rounds. They are Matheus Kasolo, Ruben Kandimba, Kaluwapa Titus and Max Iipinge.
Namibia will meet Zimbabwe in a semifinal of the women's under 20 football competition today.
South Africa took top spot in the group with a 5-0 win over Zimbabwe, pushing their rivals into second place.
SA set next meet Zambia in today's other semi, after the hosts defeated Namibia 1-0 in their final pool game on Tuesday.
In the men's under 17 competition, Namibia and Lesotho played to a 1-1 draw. Namibia leads the standings with five points, but has now completed their four matches. And must wait for the outcome of the final matches in its group.
Lesotho are a further point back with a game to go, while Angola (four points), Swaziland (three) and Mauritius (two) are all still in contention.
Swaziland must beat Lesotho to stand a chance of going through, while Angola just needs a draw against Mauritius.
The top two teams in each pool advance to the semi-finals, to be played tomorrow, with the third-place play-off scheduled for the following day.
- Additional reporting by Nampa