Ratidzo Mutangadura Claims All Gold In Mutare

Mutare City Pool, hosts for the annual national sprint gala hosted yet another vibrant gala on Saturday, October 18, with 50m events in all four swim strokes under the heat of the October summer sun. Boys and girls competed simultaneously as individuals and for their clubs in five age groups ranging from 10 and Under to 17 and Over in the electronically-timed meet. Sharks of Harare took the overall team top score of 160 points, with Otters in a close second with 146 and Highlands in third with 123. On the boys’ side, James Lawson, who recently was awarded an Olympic Solidarity grant to train for the Rio 2016 Olympic games, came first with 36 points for Pirates Club in the 17 and Over age group. Lawson, however, finished second in both 50m breast and 50m fly races to Bulawayo’s Andy Cyprianos affiliated with Penguins Club, who had an overall 32 points. Andy’s younger brother Brendon Cyprianos, came first in the 15-16 year age group with 36 points. In the girls’ 17 and Over category Siobhan Hoskins-Davies of Dorado Swim Club came first with 34 points, with Arundel School swimmer Sarah Hawgood swimming for Pirates a close second, finishing with 30 points.The standout swimmer of the tourney was 16 year old Ratidzo Mutangadura of Highlands Club. Mutangadura, an O level candidate at Chisipite Senior School took a clean sweep of four gold medals for 40 points in 50 meter breast, back, fly and freestyle. She came 17 points clear of second place finisher Rutendo Maruta of Sharks in her age group.

Ratido Mutangudura
Ratidzo Mutangadura was in great form in Mutare winning four out four possible gold medals
Mutangadura’s times were faster in all four events than any other girls’ in the national meet, including those in the 17 and Over age group. In particular, her 30.44 butterfly and 32.14 backstroke, her strongest strokes, indicate great promise for this young Zimbabwean swimmer as she enters the world stage. Mutangadura achieved similar times at the South African Level 3 Age Group Championships earlier this year. On Saturday, she swam a 29.03 in the 50m freestyle and 38.41 in the 50m breaststroke to bring home four golds.