Robyn Lee Wins But Misses Qualification Mark

Zimbabwean swimmer, Robyn Lee put on a good show in Zimbabwe’s first race on Day Three at the ongoing Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The 15 year old Lee, placed first with a personal best time of 28.96 seconds in heat one of the Women’s 50m Butterfly, but could not proceed to the semi-finals as the other swimmers in the following heats registered faster times.

Zimbabwe’s other swimmer at the games, Australian South African based Chad Idensohn came second in the Men’s 50m freestyle in a time of 23.12 seconds which saw him through to the semi-finals. Idensohn came sixth in his semi-final race, clocking 23.37 seconds. Earlier, Idensohn, who was also supposed to swim in heat two of the Men’s 50m backstroke did not start the race. At this moment SSN can only speculate that he might have pulled out as his backstroke and freestyle events were only 18 minutes apart.

Rowers Daniella Du Toit and Kyle Hinde continued to compete for Team Zimbabwe on Day Three. Du Toit who has been outstanding at the games finished sixth in a hotly contested semi-final A/B race. She now heads to the B Final. Hinde, who placed fourth in the C/D final, moves on to the D final to compete for positions 18-24.

Hellenic’s Sophie Teede and her horse Caesar represented Zimbabwe as part of the Africa team in Round One of the International Team Jumping event. Team Africa finished fourth with 12 penalties against them and will hope to perform better when they take on the world again tomorrow in Round Two of the competition.

Team Zimbabwe’s track party starts competing tomorrow with Enlitha Ncube and Titus Nyati vying for places in the semi-final for the Women’s and Men’s 3000m respectively.