ZAMBIA’S hope of winning a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics was completely shattered after runner Jordan Chipangama finished 93rd in the 42 kilometers marathon race.
Chipangama was the last medal hope for Zambia after judoka Mathews Punza, boxer Ben Muziyo, swimmers Jade Howard and Ralph Goveia, runners Kabange Mupopo and Gerald Phiri exited the competition. The Olympics which ended yesterday saw the Zambian runner fail to compete against highly rated Kenyans and Ethiopians.
Chipangama clocked two hours, twenty-four minutes and fifty-eight second on 93rd place.
Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge won the race after clocking two hours, four minutes and eight seconds.Coach Douglas Kalembo said it was Chipangama’s maiden appearance at the Olympics and it was unfortunate that his performance was not impressive.
“He was facing experienced and toughed tested athletes but I was hoping for a top ten finish. He has to work extra hard to improve on his time,” he said.
By press time yesterday United States was leading the tables on 117 medals. Zambia will now have to switch her attention to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.