ZAMBIA scooped 47 medals and finished third at the 13th edition of CANA Zone IV which ended at the weekend in Luanda, Angola.
The 29-member team recorded 15 gold medals, 14 silver and 18 bronze with 1817 points.
South Africa finished first with 32 gold medals, 33 silver and 32 bronze while second placed Angola had 22 gold, 21silver and 18 bronze.
Zambia Amateur Swimming Union (ZASU) president David Thompson described the swimmers as heroes that have put the nation on the world map.
Thompson said it was not easy to record 47 medals at such a highly competitive event.
He called for hard work from swimmers.
“The team has done us proud and I have no better word to describe their performance. What’s encouraging is that the team mostly comprised up-coming swimmers. We are more than positive that the future of swimming is brighter,” he.
He advised the swimmers not to be complacent with the achievement but aim for more and target the first position.
Thompson said Zambia has a lot of talent and was glad that the association had partnered with Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in taking swimming competitions to rural areas.
“Talent is there in rural areas, but all they need is a platform such as a competition to get the exposure. We have partnered with OYDC to stage competitions in rural areas, mostly open water competition, “he said.
The CANA Zone IV attracted swimmers from South Africa, Angola, Mauritius, Mozambique, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.