FEMALE runner Kabange Mupopo on Monday evening commanded the 400 meters race semi-finals to storm the finals after clocking 50.94 seconds at the on-going All Africa Games (AAG) tournament in Congo Brazzaville to brighten chances for Zambia to mint some medals.
Another possibility for Zambia winning a medal heightened when Saviour Kombe also qualified to the 400m men’s finals with a time of 45.57seconds.
Mupopo was determined to replicate her brilliant run in the quarterfinals and commanded the race to finish as the fastest runner in the semi-finals category.
The ex-Zambian Women football team captain impressed spectators by reducing her quarter-final time of 51.19 seconds.
Mupopo looked set to winning gold medal for Zambia and was last night scheduled to compete in the finals.
She was expected to face tough competition from Oluwatosin Adeloye from Nigeria who cloaked 51.24 in the semi-finals.
Kombe put up a spirited fight in the last 100m to finish third behind Elnour Sadam of Sudan timing 45.41s and winner Sampao Alex of Kenya with 45.31s. He was scheduled to run the finals last evening.
Zambia also stormed the 4x100m men’s relay finals led by Sydney Siame timing 39.31 seconds on third position.
The solid team had Chidamba Hazemba on the start that passed the button to Brian Kasinda, the Titus Kafunda in third and Sydney Siame made a good finish to storm the finals.
Meanwhile, Brian Kasinda failed to give Zambia the second medal when he finished fifth in the 100m finals timing 10.47seconds.
Kasinda started on a good note but lost steam in the last 30m of the race while Ivory Coast Ben Youssef won gold clocking 10.04seconds.
Coach Douglas Kalembo commended Mupopo and Kombe for putting up a great race in the semi-finals.
Kalembo said Mupopo was in form and was hoping she could give Zambia a gold medal.
“I am happy with the athletes’ performance. It is my hope that Mupopo and Kombe win the nation a medal,” he said.
Zambia’s hope of winning a second medal now lies in the athletes after boxer Ben Muziyo minted bronze.