Mitchell strikes gold in SA

HARARE - The Zimbabwe junior cycling team stunned some of Africa’s cycling powerhouses at the Confederation of African Cycling (Cac) Road Championships in South Africa last week.

Helen Mitchell led the way for the Zimbabwean contingent, winning gold in the Junior Women’s Road Race with her compatriot Skye Davidson finishing in second place.

Mitchell emerged victorious in a sprint finish after the race had come down to five riders.

South Africa’s Frances du Toit rounded off the podium places in the Junior Women’s Road Race.

“It was a tough race out there and myself and Skye didn’t quite know what was going to happen but we knew that we just had to stay with the South African riders and we would have a chance at the end,” Mitchell told South African media after the race.

“I knew that if the bunch was together going into the last bit of the race there was going to be a sprint and I felt good going into it but was really surprised when I finished first!”

Her teammate Davidson of Hellenic Academy felt they were tactically sound throughout the race.

“There was quite a lot of wind on the course which made it a little difficult for us with only a short section where we were downwind but we didn’t want to go too hard at the start of the race and saved ourselves for a sprint.

“Myself and Helen had to work hard together at stages during the race to stay with the South Africans but we were strong the whole way through the race and just really glad that we could finish first and second,” Davidson said.

Zimbabwe was also represented by Alexander Welsh, while Nkulume Dube failed to travel to South Africa owing to commitments with the Zimbabwe National Army.

Zimbabwe’s other representatives were two junior boys in the form of Chad Scallon and Luke Collins, both of St John’s College.

Besides Zimbabwe, the championships attracted several countries which included Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Burkino Faso, Burundi, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Lesotho, Libya, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique,  and Morocco

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