ACKLAY Kwendenda, a bronze medalist at the 2012 Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Youth Games, at the weekend went two steps better by winning the Zambia junior cross country championship in Kabwe.
Kwendenda overwhelmed all in the boys' category of the eight kilometre race, breasting the tape in 25:04.48 minutes to pick up gold during the event held at the Kabwe Golf Club.
He won bronze in 5,000 meters at the SCSA Zone Six Games held in Lusaka last month.
In winning the cross country race, the Mazabuka-based Kwendenda even beat national record holder, Elvis Lunganda from Nchanga who finished second with a time of 25:28.95 minutes.
Finishing third was Costen Chayaba of Zambia Sugar on 26:12.49 minutes while Zambia Air Force's Mbangu Chitengi and John Tembo of Sport to Build in Kafue ended the race in fourth and fifth positions respectively.
Chitengu timed 27:55.09minutes while Tembo clocked 28:13.95 minutes.
In the junior women's category that covered a distance of six kilometers, Unity Sibooli of Siasikaboli in Choma emerged winner as the club dominated the first four positions in an event that had 14 participants.
Sibooli, who was also part of Team Zambia at the Zone Six Games, timed 23:10.20 minutes ahead of her team mates Eunice Kamwali and record holder Pakicina Msiska who clocked 23:28.33 minutes and 24:03.02 minutes, respectively.
Another Siasikaboli athelete, Ophina Kamwali was placed fourth with a time of 24:23.02 minutes while Miness Lukwesa of Kabwe General Hospital finished in fifth position with a time of 24:42.02 minutes.