Athletics team impresses in Maseru

HARARE - Zimbabwe's schools athletics team topped the medal table during the 2015 Confederation of Schools Sports Association of Southern African (Cossasa) Games held in Lesotho over the weekend.

However, the two-day athletics showcase failed to live up to expectations after only three countries competed from a total of seven.

According to reports from Maseru, only hosts Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe were represented.

Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia pulled out of the track and field event for various reasons.

Away from the hiccups, Zimbabwe’s schools athletics team held their own at the event winning 28 gold, 28 silver and 17 bronze for a total of 73 medals.

Namibia finished second with 17 gold, 17 silver and 24 bronze medals while the hosts came third with five gold, five silver and six bronze medals.

While the country racked up the majority of the medals, it was encouraging that a number of Zimbabwe’s track and field athletes posted personal bests.

Some athletes broke Cossasa records while some qualified to take part at the IAAF World Youth Championships which will take place from July 15-19 in Columbia.

The Cossasa record breakers for Zimbabwe included 13-year-old Shamiso Mutayi, who smashed the Under-14 girls’ long jump record with a jump of 4,75 metres.

Energy Machingo posted a new Under-13 girls’ javelin record with a throw of 31,73 metres to sum up the country’s outing at the games, which featured athletics, high and long jump.

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