Idensohn wins silver

GABORONE - Chad Idensohn was yesterday elated after scooping Team Zimbabwe’s first silver medal with a cracking 23.73 in the 50 metre swimming freestyle here at the on-going African Youth Games.

The former St John’s College pupil, who moved to South Africa in 2012 in the quest of a better platform to help him realise his potential, was just split seconds off winner Mohamed Mohamed.

The 17-year-old Egyptian blitzed 23.38 seconds to finish first in the 50 metre freestyle.

Zimbabwe’s Peter Wetzlar missed out on bronze after finishing fourth in a time of 24.24.

“It was very close but I’m quite happy to have got silver,” the former Mashonaland B Under-16 rugby player said.

“I was feeling quite good although in the heat I didn’t swim as fast as I would have wanted. But coming into the final, I was feeling strong and calm. I kept a cool head and I just gave it my all. 23.73 isn’t a personal best for me but I’m happy.”

Elsewhere, Zimbabwe’s netball team continued to pay the ultimate price for sending an Under-17 team to an Under-18 competition after going for three games without a win.

Yesterday they drew with Kenya 37-37, to add to their 53-27 loss to Uganda and 38-39 defeat to Botswana.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe basketball Under-18 girls team recovered from their 8-6 opening match loss to Angola by beating Mauritius 15-3 and Botswana 12-11 yesterday.

In rowing, St George’s College’s Dexter Freeman finished sixth in the final whilst Hillary Mandibaya finished fifth overall.

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