Madzimbamuto wins gold in South Africa

HARARE - Karateka Tungamirai Madzimbamuto was the toast of the Zimbabwe Karate Union (ZKU) delegation after winning a gold medal at the 5th Matlosana Cup in Klerksdorp, South Africa over the weekend.

The Zimbabwe delegation travelled by road to South Africa but managed to shake off the fatigue caused by the long journey to win five medals.

Madzimbamuto won the country’s sole gold medal in the men’s Under-80kg category while Precious Kazembe, who was mistakenly registered in two categories, won two silver medals in the ladies Under-55kg and girls Under-50kg categories.

Brenda Dunduru won a bronze medal in the girl’s Under-50kg while Shelvin Mugoni also walked away with bronze in the men’s Under-60kg. Romeo Gora was unfortunate to miss out on a medal finishing in fourth place in the men’s Under-80kg division.

ZKU technical director Sensei Kumbirai Musunami was pleased with the team’s performance despite the numerous challenges they face while preparing for such international tournaments.

“The team did extremely well in South Africa; they gave a good account of themselves to win medals after a long tiresome journey. I would like to commend their dedication to the sport and the moral support they received from the Union (ZKU) and the Sports Commission,” he said.

Other karatekas who represented Zimbabwe at the tournament include Tinotenda Mudhokwani, Shelton Murape, Cosmas Banda, Trevor Jowo, Shadreck Chigombe and Grace Chirumanzu.

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