Zambian swimmers disqualified
THREE Zambian swimmers have so far failed to qualify to the semi-finals at the on-going 16th Fédération Internationale de Nation (FINA) (International Swimming Federation) world championship in Kazan, Russia.
Ralph Goveia on Tuesday evening broke the national open record after he swam the men’s 50 metres butterfly in a striking time of 25.16s finishing second in his heat.
But Goveia’s performance was not good enough to qualify to the semi-finals.
However, he will have another chance of reaching the semis when he competes in the 100m butterfly category tomorrow.
In other sets, Alexandros Axiotis swam the men’s 100m breaststroke in a time of 1.07.29 and 30.24 in the 50m breaststroke breaking his personal best time of 30.19.
Tilka Paljk competed in the women’s 100m breaststroke in a time of 1.17.13. She will compete in the 200m breaststroke today.
Jade Howard is the other swimmer expected to compete in the 50m and 100 free-style.
In the 4×100 mixed medley relay, Zambia finished on 20th position out of 32 countries.
National team coach Ian Stevenson said the swimmers had put in the best but was unfortunate that they could not go beyond the preliminary stage.
“This is a very competitive event especially that most of our swimmers are young and not very experienced. Although I am happy that they managed to break their personal time which is important in every swimmer’s career,” he said.
The World Championships which started on August 2 will close on Sunday.
International Netball Federation elevates Zambia
THE Zambia national netball team has gone up by two rungs on the International Netball Federation (INF) world rankings and is now occupying the 16th position from 18th.
The Chipolopolo Queens are now fourth in Africa, dropping by one rung in the latest rankings released on Monday in Sydney, Australia.
The improved ranking has been owed to Zambia’s historic qualification to the 2015 Sydney World Cup after finishing second at the African Championship held last year in Botswana.
Netball Association of Zambia (NAZ) president Gertrude Mukumi told the Daily Nation that the latest rankings have given the team morale to work harder as they kick off the World Cup campaign against Uganda tomorrow.
Mukumi said the rankings were proof that with more support from Zambians, the team could reach greater heights.
“I want to commend the players, NAZ executive committee, Government and the corporate world for working hard to enable us compete at international engagements.
“The girls have exhibited what it means to die a little for mother Zambia and today, the flag hovers high on the ranking table,” she said.
Australia, New Zealand, England, Jamaica, South Africa, Malawi, Fiji, Wales, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago lead the top 10.
Meanwhile, Mukumi said the morale among the players high as they face Uganda tomorrow.
“The girls are in high spirit as they take on Uganda on Friday. This is our opening much hence the team has to win if we stand a better chance of qualifying to the quarter finals. “Uganda is a strong side but from the training the team has acquired, I am positive we can record victory,” she said.
Zambia is in pool D with Fiji, Wales and Uganda.
Pool A has hosts Australia, New Zealand, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago with Pool B having England, Jamaica, Scotland and Samoa while Malawi, South Africa, Singapore and Sri Lanka are in Pool C.