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Many Zimbabwean teens are set to go to Marrakech, Morocco, next year for the African Athletics Championships after doing very well in the ongoing African Unions Sports Council Region 5 Youth Games which are being held in Bulawayo.

The current games are being used as qualifiers for the AAC.

Up to Thursday Zimbabwe had managed to get nine gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze medals.

They were trailing South Africa which had 10 gold medals but only five silver and three bronze medals.

Our boxer, Themba Nkomazo, beat Thomas Mahihanga of Namibia to clinch the gold medal in the flyweight division.

Maryjoy Mudyiravanji got a gold medal for coming first in the 800m women’s race. Caroline Mhandu got her laurels in the 3 000m women’s race and repeated the feat in the 5 000m women’s race.

Shepherd Gumede came first in the 100m T12 men’s race and Tendai Zimuto had his day in the 5 000m men’s race.

Lucky Chitimbe did us proud by scooping the gold in the 1 500T12 men’s race.

Sharon Bwanali and Mercy Mukwadi led the Zimbabwe netball team to a convincing victory over South Africa to bring us yet another gold.

The AUSC Region 5 Games end tomorrow.

If you missed the official opening ceremony held on Sunday at Barbourfields Stadium, then make a date for the closing one.

If you cannot be in the City of Kings, no need to cry, ZBCTV will be there and you can catch all the drama and action.

The Games were officially opened by President Mugabe after a parade of all the teams from Angola, Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Then it was time for the artistes to show their skills.

Traditional dancers thrilled the capacity crowd with their antics. But the best was a skit in which a young Ndebele warrior defeated a whole troop of Eastern martial arts “experts”.

The crowd loved that and it was a marvel!

This is the first time that the Games are being held under the banner of the African Union, previously they were SADC Youth Games.

The next Region 5 youth competitions will be held in Luanda, Angola.

Source : The Herald