Swimmers bask in glory


Zimbabwe’s women swimming team is just unstoppable. They have done it once more.

Their never-ending story at the All-Africa Games underway in Maputo, Mozambique, continued on Thursday evening at the National Olympic pool when rising star Samantha Welch (15) defied her young age to clinch a bronze medal in the women’s 100m breaststroke.

Welch clocked an impressive 1:15,39secs, in a race that was won by South African Suzzan van Biljoen who touched the wall in a time of 1:10,40secs while Mozambican Marian Corsini was second, three seconds ahead of the Zimbabwean.

The bronze medals by Welch added to the six medal Team Zimbabwe has accrued at the games so far.
Interestingly, all the seven medals have come from the women swimming team.

Swimming ace Coventry started the ball rolling when she scooped two gold medals in the 400m individual medley and 100m backstroke on Monday evening.

The 28-year-old could not reproduce the same feats on Tuesday as she had to settle for a silver medal in the 100m butterfly event.

Coventry then partnered with Welch, Nicole Horn and Kirsten Lapham in the 200m butterfly and 200m freestyle where they again managed a silver medal, just behind the South African team.

Nicole has also weighed in with her silver medal after she came second in the 200m freestyle on Tuesday evening.

Lapham is the only swimmer in the Zimbabwe women team who has not won a medal so far. She was agonisingly close though when she finished fourth in the 400m freestyle event on Wednesday.

While the women team continue to scale new heights at the games, their male counterparts yesterday decided to spoil the broth after some disappointing displays.

Timothy Ferris was the first to enter the pool for the men’s swimming team on Thursday evening in the 200m backstroke, but was a disappointing seventh.

He then partnered Grant Behan, James Lawson and Nicholas Burnett in the 400m freestyle relay, but again fell short. The team finished seventh.

Zimbabwe netball team continue to be another medal hopeful for Team Zimbabwe.

The Ledwin Dondo-coached squad who humiliated hosts 69-3 on Monday before a slight setback against Botswana on Tuesday, regained their rhythm to edge the more fancied South Africa into submission the following day.

The team won 30-29, which was their first ever victory against Africa’s best ranked team.

Yesterday, the team continued with their fairytale run at the games when they thumped Ghana 102-23.

The team is now on position two, just behind Tanzania in a re-arranged pool of nine teams now playing in a league basis.

Each team will engage all opponents with the top three at the end of the programme winning the gold, silver and bronze medals.

Meanwhile, the women basketball team continued on their losing streak after they lost their dead rubber match 57-50 to Cameroon yesterday.

The Zimbabwe team is already out after losing their first four matches.