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Team Zimbabwe arrived back home this week from Maseru carrying a weighty load of 73 medals – 28 gold, 28 silver and 17 bronze from the Confederation of Schools Sports Association of Southern Africa Athletics Championships.

Topping the medals table, Zimbabwe showed their prowess at both the U-14 and U-17 sprints and middle distances on the track, long and triple jumps.

Out of the three competing countries in this year’s COSASSA event, Zimbabwe beat Namibia who finished with 17 gold, 17 silver and 24 bronze and hosts Lesotho who trailed with five gold, five silver and six bronze medals.

As impressive as the team topping the medal table, some of Zimbabwe’s top track and field athletes earned personal bests, broke COSASSA records and qualified to take part on a fast-growing Zimbabwean team at the IAAF World Youth Championships which will take place 15-19 July in Cali, Columbia.

Zimbabwe dominated all aspects of Day three, the last day of the competition, which featured jumps, sprints and relays. They won all categories of 100m and 400m relays and dominated the medley relays as well. However, the most notable performances were in the U17 individual sprints, and won mostly by runners from Harare Province, which by no coincidence won this year’s NASH National Athletics Championships. Both team captains Lovejoy Mapfumo of Prince Edward School and Nomatter Kapfudzarura qualified in their gold medal 400m races for the World Youth Champs.

Mapfumo finished with a time of 48:87 against a qualifying standard of 49,45 and Kapfudzarura in 56.82 versus a qualifying requirement of 57.20.

Vimbayi Maisvoreva edged out team mate Enlitha Ncube in the 800m women’s race with a time of 2:12.44, with Ncube settling for silver with 2:12.52.

Both runners qualified to travel to the World Youth Championships by finishing under the 2:14 qualifying standard.

St George’s Alfred Chawonza ran a quick 800m for gold in 1:55.45, but missed the qualifying time by one second.

Godwin Moyo finished with silver in 1:56.83.

Tinotenda Matiyenga of Prince Edward School wowed the crowds by clinching gold in the 200m with a time of 21.71 to qualify him for the World Champs in Cali.

A double gold medalist in Maseru, Matiyenga edged out the 100m field to win gold in an impressive 10.92, but slower than the 10,82 record which SSN recorded electronically at Lomagundi Athletics in March which is under the 10.90 qualifying mark.

Arundel School’s sprint sensation, Rutendo “Chim” Chimbaru also won double gold in Maseru for her team, with an impressive 12:48 in the 100m and 25:58 in the 200m.

Both of her times were personal bests and just off the qualifying marks of 12.30 and 25.35 respectively.

With continued training “Chim” may still be able to qualify to join the Zimbabwean team in July.

Source : The Herald