Zambian swimmers reap medals

ZAMBIAs promising swimming star Mia Phiri yesterday won two gold medals in the U-12 girls 100 metres butterfly and 200 metres backstroke at the on-going CANA Zone IV Swimming championship in Mauritius.

Phiri put up a splendid splash in butterfly timing 01.12.77 minutes, beating her closest rival Van Der Westhuizen Paige of Zimbabwe by four seconds.

Fleur Donker registered gold for Zambia in 400 metres free-style with a time of 04:50.88 minutes before Ralph Goviea scooped gold in 100 metres boys’ butterfly.

Tom Donker won silver in boys’ 100 metres butterfly while Johanna Buys recorded bronze in the same category.

Zambia scooped bronze in 4×100 meters U-15 girls’ free-style while the boys later won silver in the same category.

By press time, Zambia’s medal count had risen to 33 which included 17 gold, six silver and 10 bronze.

Zambia Amateur Swimming Union (ZASU) president David Thompson said the association was happy with the improved skills among the U-15 swimmers.

Thompson said the young swimmers’ performance at the on-going tournament provided hope for the next generation.

“The young players have shown improved skills in difficult categories such as the backstroke. It shows that the swimmers are determined to handle tough tasks. I saw the determination in the swimmers faces and I believed that Zambia will hit the medal bracket,” he said.

Thompson expressed hope that swimmers such as Goviea would meet the qualification time for the Rio Olympics.

He said the swimmers needed more exposure to reach the World class standards.

“Our swimmers need international exposure to reach the highest level. This is why we have assembled the U-15 boys and girls teams to enhance their talent. We want to mould future legends and that work starts now,” he said.

The tournament has attracted 13 African countries and closes tomorrow.

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