ZAMBIA kicked off the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Southern region Under-20 championships on a fair note with Aaron Hiyamwa minting gold in 1,500 metres race yesterday.
Hosts Zambia also won bronze in 10,000m through Victor Chewe, timing 32.01.22 minutes at Lusaka’s National Heroes Stadium.
Hiyamwa started off on a high note and maintained pace in the three rounds before putting up a spectacular finish of 3.53.64 minutes with Botswana’s duo of Allaster Bago and Tshepitsomas chasing behind for silver and bronze respectively.
In 100m women’s race, Suwilaji Mpondela qualified to the finals after finishing fourth with a time of 12:82 seconds.
In the men’s race, Sydney Siame also stormed the finals finishing second on 10.39s behind South Africa’s Gift Leotlela, two seconds less.
Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) president Elias Mpondela was elated by the first day results and expressed hope for more medals.
“I am delighted with today’s performance by our athletes. We have won two medals and many of our athletes have qualified to the finals in different fields. I have no doubt the medal count will increase tomorrow,’’ he said.
He was happy with the attendance of participating countries despite five counties out of 14 failing to travel.
The three-day event which ends tomorrow has attracted 283 athletes.