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Zim athletics team falters in Botswana

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THE Zimbabwe athletics team that took part in the Southern Region Senior Athletics Championships at the University of Botswana in Gaborone performed dismally, coming eighth out of the nine countries that participated in the competition.

SUKOLUHLE MTHETHWA

The 32-member team which comprised mostly junior athletes brought back six medals.
Namibian athlete Hilalia Johannes romped home first in the women’s 5 000m race in 15 minutes 44,53 seconds while Midlands athlete Sithulisiwe Zhou grabbed silver in 17 minutes 20,40 seconds.

Enlitha Ncube from Zimbabwe picked up bronze in 17 minutes 47,60 seconds.
In an interview soon after arrival from Botswana on Monday, Zhou said it was a very tough competition.

“The competition was very stiff because some of athletes I was competing against have taken part in the Olympics, but I am happy with the time that I achieved because I am improving. The competition also helped me prepare for another competition in Cape Town, South Africa on June 22,” she said.

The other silver medal came from Maryjoy Mudyiravanji who came home in four minutes 34,13 seconds behind Namibia’s Lavinia Haitage who scooped gold in four minutes 28,10 seconds.

Takudzwa Muchichwa got silver in high jump to 2,02 metres, while Botswana’s Takaone Gobe  bagged  gold with a leap of 2,08 metres.

Muchichwa said despite getting the silver medal, he was not impressed overally with his performance.

“I did my best for the country, but I still feel I could have done more because my personal best is 2,11 metres,” he said.

Harare Athletics Club athlete Elijah Mabhunu missed out on bronze after finishing fourth in three minutes 54,51 seconds in the men’s 1 500 metre race.

The gold went to Zambia’s Harry Mulenga in three minutes 49,87 seconds with Mthabisi Ndwandwe from Swaziland winning silver in three minutes 51,63 seconds while Botswana’s Sheppard Kenatshele  won bronze  in three minutes 52,45 seconds.

Zimbabwe grabbed bronze in the men’s 4x400m relay in a time of three minutes 14,90 seconds after Botswana won gold in three minutes 08,11 seconds, with Zambia winning silver in three minutes 13,57 seconds.

The women’s 4 x 400m relay team claimed bronze in four minutes 03,96 seconds.
Botswana was first in three minutes 47,01 seconds with Namibia getting silver in three minutes 55,44 seconds.

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