Lock wins Zim's ninth medal

GABORONE - Courtney Lock yesterday made up for a false start after winning silver with his Malawian partner here at the Notwane Tennis Courts to take Team Zimbabwe’s medal count to nine.

The second seed had failed to live up to expectations, crushing out at the quarter-final stage of the singles category, but seemed to find his mojo in the company of Malawi’s Chisomo Lumeta.

The pair went on remarkable run before their streak was halted by Morocco’s Mustapha Belcora and Amine Ahouda 6-4, 6-1 in the final.

Nicole Dzenga narrowly missed out on a bronze medal after losing in the semi-finals 6-4, 6-2 to Tunisia’s Chiraz Bechri.

The 17-year-old fourth seed had earlier looked on course after making light work of South Africa’s Sarah Sarjoo 6-4, 6-0 in the quarter-finals.

In the second round, she had crushed Rwanda’s Olive Tusiyenge in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.

Elsewhere, Zimbabwe leading local junior golfer Stuart Krog held his own to win bronze in the Africa Youth Games golf challenge after shooting a total five-over-par 218 at the Gaborone Golf Club.

The St George’s College pupil was six strokes off eventual winner Kyle Mcclatchie of South Africa who shot a composed one-under-par 212.

Going into the last day of events today, Zimbabwe have so far amassed nine medals, one gold, two silvers and six bronzes.

Egypt rule the roost, currently leading the medal table 34 gold medals, 14 silver and 24 bronzes while South Africa are second with 33 gold, 22 silver and 22 bronzes.

Team Zimbabwe’s Chef de Mission Addison Chiware is however not reading much into the standings.

“Our performance has been good. We have had long distance runner Elitha Ncube qualifying for Youth Olympics in Ninjiang. Stuart came third and that also means he qualifies,” Chiware said.

“On the medal table, we are 17 out of 53 countries with nine medals. That means that we have identified nine podium performances who at any day can get gold medals.

“We have athletes who had achieved their personal bests. We have had people breaking national records meaning we have gone beyond par.

“So that is encouraging. From here a development strategy has to be worked for them to go for high performance.

“We can only build from here,” he said.

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