THE Zimbabwe junior women’s athletics team raised the country’s flag high after scooping a gold medal at the Southern Region Cross-Country championships held in Lesotho on Saturday.
Zimbabwe managed to send only 13 athletes out of the possible 24 as some of them could not make it at the eleventh hour because of logistical problems.
The junior women’s category had the highest number of representatives with six athletes and the category had three runners who were in the top five.
Bertha Chikanga came second in the 6km race in 23min 19,62sec. Anna Bungu was on fourth position and she registered 23min 58,62sec on the clock.
Enlitha Ncube came fifth with time of 24min 12,48sec and the country’s junior men who participated in the 8km race managed to win bronze medal and had four athletes that represented the country.
Wellington Vareyi was the highest positioned athlete after coming number five with 23min 29,45sec.
Zimbabwe’s chance of scooping a medal in the senior women’s 8km race was dented after the country managed to send only two athletes. They performed relatively well.
Olivia Chitate did not disappoint after coming second in 31min 12,57sec.
Her counterpart Sithulisiwe Zhou came fourth after registering 3min 44,25sec.
Jacob Mugomeri, who was the only representative in the senior men’s 12km category, came 20th in 41min 34,03sec.
Team manager Christine Ncube said competition was tough.
“Generally it was not bad. I think we did well with the athletes that travelled to Lesotho. The junior women did well and their times were impressive. I believe the other categories were affected because we did not have as many representatives as we had expected to,” she said.