Zim total 10 Youth Games medals

HARARE - Nine days of African Youth Games rivalry finally came to an end on Saturday with Zimbabwe finishing 18th on the medal table after amassing 10 medals.

Having travelled with 59 athletes for the multi-sport event, Team Zimbabwe only had had their national anthem sang once after Conway High School’s Petra Mukonde won gold in the basketball shooting contest.

Either than that, the teenagers found the going tough in the various 11 sporting codes they participated in.

However, there were encouraging signs from swimmer Chad Idensohn who scooped silver with a cracking 23.73 seconds in a mad dash down one length of the Botswana University Aquatics Centre pool.

Zimbabwe’s Under-18 Sevens rugby settled for bronze after having put themselves in with a great chance to fight for gold.

Second seed tennis player Courtney Lock had mixed fortunes.

First, he crashed out of the boys’ singles category before picking himself up to win silver in the doubles with Malawian partner Chisomo Lumeta at the Notwane Tennis Court.

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

That feat also ensured the St George’s College pupil qualifies for the Nanjing Youth Olympics in August.

Team Zimbabwe drew another positive from runner Enlitha Ncube, who came 6th the 3000 metres fina, qualifying for Youth Olympics in Nanjing.

Rising karateka Naomi Mandengenda punched above her weight in the girls’ individual kata, going on to win bronze in that event.

She added another accolade to her cabinet after winning another bronze in the girls 53KG.

Zimbabwe would end their campaign with a total of 10 medals, one gold, two silver and seven bronzes.

South Africa and Egypt were in a class of their own and for the better part of the Africa Youth Games exchanged the number one spot on the medal table.

In the end, it was South Africa who emerged as the Kings and Queens of the Games, bagging 93 medals 41 gold, 25 silver and 27 bronzes.

Egypt settled for second place with 89 medals, 44 gold, 16 silver and 29 bronzes.

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