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Zambian swimmer mints gold

April 26, 2013

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Twelve year old Shanni Hassen yesterday won the first gold medal for Zambia at the ongoing CANA Zone Three and Four Swimming Gala which splashed off in Lusaka yesterday.

Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Games bronze medalist, Tilka Paljk added a silver medal to her collection from the ongoing CANA Zone Three and Four championships that started yesterday at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka.

Team Zambia, who started on a low note in the morning, managed to pick up pace in the afternoon races to win gold, silver and bronze medals.

The sensational Hassen broke her record and scooped the first position in the girls under -12 category 100 metres backstroke timing 1:15.45 minutes, leaving Rabecca Ssengonzi of Uganda getting silver with 1:17:55 minutes.

Namibian Zune Weber emerged third and walked away with a bronze medal after finishing in 1:18:46 minutes.

Paljik was second in the girl’s 15 and 16, 50 metres breaststroke with time 35.17 seconds behind Uganda’s Jaila Lunkuse who timed 35.12 seconds.

In the boys’ under-12 category, Angolan Joao Aguiar won gold after swimming the fastest with 30.91 seconds, leaving the Zambian Alex Axiotis and Ralph Goveia to settle for the second and third positions with 31.00 and 31.63 seconds, respectively.

Zambia’s Charis Huddle managed to a bronze medal in the girls’ under-15 100 metres backstroke with time 1:13:10 minutes less than the first and second placed Naomi Ruele and Danielle Awori on 1:12:68 and 1:10:85 minutes, respectively.

In the women over-17, honours went to Botswana’s Jenny Leppan who recorded 1:12:16 minutes, leaving Malawi’s duo Kaitlin Harthoorn and Jessie Maclean occupying the second and third positions with 1: 14: 52 and 1:15:31 minutes.

Zambia’s Lauren Choolwe could only manage a fourth place finish with a time of 1:17:35 minutes.

And speaking earlier at the official opening, Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili urged the Zambian swimmers to aim high and win medals for the country, saying the Government would monitor the swimmers closely and would award the achievers with monetary incentive.

He added that Government would be motivated to consider building another Olympic size swimming pool on the Copperbelt depending on the performance from the CANA championship.

“The swimmers that will win medals will be awarded with cash prizes, and Government will be monitoring closely the proceedings of the gala and if the swimmers impress with good results it will motivate Government to build another pool on the Copperbelt,” Kambwili said.

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