AUSC Region 5 Games Day #6 Roundup

Boxing: The AUSC Region 5 Games boxing rounded up today with Zimbabwe finishing second in the medal count with 5 medals, the gold earned by Nkomozabo Trade Temba in an electrifying final match by unanimous decision against Botswana’s Ogaketse Kutlwano in the flyweight category.

Netball: Zimbabwe dominated on the courts against Namibia today. By the end of the second quarter, Zimbabwe was leading 39-5. They finished off their opponent with a convincing 69-17 win. After a loss yesterday to South Africa 32-40, which saw South Africa advancing to the final, Zimbabwe will vie for the bronze.

Football: Zimbabwe’s Young Warriors had a rest day. Afternoon matches saw the boys’ team of Swaziland come from a 0-1 half time scoreline against Malawi to equalize and end their match in a 1-1 draw. South Africa failed to materialize any goals from clear dominance throughout the 90 minutes of ball possession against neighboring Namibia, and the match ended in a scoreless draw. Though the rest of the Region 5 Games are U20, boys’ football is stipulated to be an U17 contest.

Tennis: Team Zimbabwe tennis gold medals hopes suffered a blow when tournament favorite Valeria Bhunu settled for silver, losing the singles finals to South Africa’s Poluta Kate in a tightly contested affair played at Bulawayo Athletic Club.

Bhunu looked poised for victory after she trounced another South African Caitlin Herb in straight sets of 6-1, 6-1 in the semi finals. Zimbabwe’s Rufaro Chirewa dismissed South Africa’s Caitlin Herb in the play-offs to claim bronze with a set of 3-6 7-5 (10-8).

Ronzai Saurombe emerged winner with a bronze against South African Kukutla Motlogo with a 6-2 6-3 set.

Swimming: Team Zimbabwe swimming faced stiff competition from South Africa on the first Day of the swimming competition at the AUSC Region 5 Games. However the hosts performed decently earning four medals on Day 1. Detailed report here.

Athletics: The rain stayed away today, allowing for a full day of athletics excitement where over 4000 spectators packed White City Stadium. Zimbabwe earned six medals: one gold, two silver and three bronze during the morning athletics session, racking up more medals in the afternoon.

In Visually Impaired track events, Zimbabwe collected a bronze from Pray Nleya in the 100m T12 men final with a time of 11.71, while Mhore Fidelis earned a silver in the 100m T11 men final with a time of 12.83. Zimbabwe’s Nyamufukidza won silver and Esther Mavura bronze in the T12 800m race later in the day.

Javelin women finals saw Wayne Nkomo collecting a silver medal for Zimbabwe after her throw measured 40m57 while another Zimbabwean Olivia Shavi followed close behind scooping bronze in the same discipline after a 19m91 throw. Nkomo also earned a bronze in the discus event later in the day.

Another bronze for the country came through Nomagugu Ndlovu in the long jump finals where she booked a 5.30m jump.

The afternoon began with Pride Lusinga bringing Zimbabwe a 7th athletics medal with a silver in the 100m men’s hurdles. Shepard Gumede brought home a 100m gold for Zimbabwe, while Ruva Mzinde of Hillcrest College finished a disappointing sixth in the women’s 100m with South Africa’s Tamzin Thomas taking the gold and Botswana the silver.

The middle distances continued to bring Zimbabwe medals as the predicted strength of the team. The 800m race featured Maryjoy Mudyiravanji with the gold, followed by Enlitha Ncube with the silver; both girls represented Zimbabwe at the Youth Olympic Games in August. Tendai Zimuto won the men’s 5000m with teammate Charles Tarakinyo bringing home the silver.

Maryjoy Mudyiravanji (third from left) competes in the 800m final at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing China earlier this year
Maryjoy Mudyiravanji (third from left) competes in the 800m final at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing China earlier this year

Tomorrow promises another full day of Athletics, making up for events that were postponed earlier in the week from rain and the completion of the new tartan track. Many of today’s Zimbabwean runners took to the track barefoot, having trained on grass.

Basketball: Men’s basketball today thrilled decent sized crowds at two matches at the new courts in ZITF Hall 5. Favorites Angola demolished Swaziland 128-20 in a very uneven match which Angola dominated from start to finish. The thrill of the evening, however, was a closely contested game between Mozambique and Zimbabwe, where both teams led at various times. Mozambique ended the match triumphantly 64-60, pulling ahead with a narrow lead in the final minutes before the buzzer. All roads are pointing to a Lusophone Angola vs Mozambique final race for the gold.