ZAMBINA 400 metres runner Saviour Kombe is aiming for a gold medal at the Congo-Brazzaville All Africa Games (AAG) slated for September 4 to 19.
The Mauritius-based athlete said he was in good shape and ready for the challenge that awaits him.
“I have been training hard for the past six months for this tournament. It will be a tough competition but I still believe in getting a gold medal at the event. I am still working harder to reach the greater heights in athletics,” he said.
Kombe expressed confidence that Zambia will mint a medal in the men’s 4×400 metrer race because the runners hold competitive time records.
“We are capable of winning a medal in the 4x400m race. All the athletes have really improved on their time which gives me hope. The athletes’ morale is high and determined to bring honour for Zambia,” he said.
Kombe’s specialty in track and field is the 400 metres in which he has a personal best time of 45.70 seconds and also a joint holder of the Zambian record in the 4×100 metres relay and 4×400 metres relay.
Meanwhile, Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) international relations and communications manager, Davison Mung’ambata said all the AAG bound athletes were responding well to training.
“The athletes who are camped at Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) are doing well in training. They have exhibited resilience during training. This is the best team we are sending to the AAG because all runners had to meet the qualification time,” he said.
The athletics team has Gerald Phiri 100 and 200m, Sydney Siame 100m, Brian Kasinda 100m and 200m, Titus Kafunda 100m and 200m, Chidamba Hazemba 100m and 200m, Saviour Kombe 400m, Katundu Lumeka 100m and 200m, Rhoda Njobvu 400m and Kabange Mupopo 400m.