By Jeff Kapembwa
Lusaka - Victory by Zambian swimmers at the CANA Zone IV tournament in Botswana last week has made them and their country proud.
Swimmers from Zambia returned home in jubilation after minting two medals during the just ended CANA Zone IV tournament hosted at the University of Botswana swimming pool at which Zambia showed its mettle.
Budding swimmer, Mia Phiri, won a silver in the 100 metres backstroke with a time of one minute and nine seconds. Ralph Goveia settled for a bronze medal in the 50 metres breaststroke with a time of 30.64 seconds, which elated the delegation.
Jack Zeravica managed to smash the 100 metres backstroke with a time of 1 minute 22 seconds while the second one was Nkosi Tembo in the 100 metres backstroke with a time of 1 minute and nine seconds. Zambia ended in fifth position out of the 13 competing countries at the tournament in Botswana.
The two Zambian national age group records were broken by two Zambian swimmers, delegation leader, Tinky Naidu, said in a statement.
Zimbabwe emerged top with 11 medals comprising five gold, three silver and three bronze while Namibia came second with 13, comprising four gold medals, four silver medals and five bronze.
Meanwhile, boxer, Patrick Chinyemba, put up a splendid performance at the ongoing Africa Olympic qualifiers boxing tournament in Senegal. He out-boxed his opponent, Mubiru Disan, of Uganda on unanimous points decision in the preliminary round, a performance which elated officials.
Zambia Boxing Federation (ZBF) general secretary, Bright Chomba, described the boxer as good, having put up a splendid performance at the tournament.
Chinyemba pledged to continue with the same pace. Zambia was represented by three boxers at the tournament, namely Patrick Chinyemba, Stephen Zimba and Evaristo Mulenga who was seeded and avoided the preliminary stages.
The event was held from February 20-23, and saw 13 countries and 320 athletes and numerous coaches, team officials and visitors from the Southern African region taking part.
The CANA Zone IV’s annual swimming event has grown in popularity and standing within Africa over the past 19 years.
Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Zambia participated, according to data from the host’s website.