TEAM Zimbabwe collects bronze (24-07-07)

TEAM Zimbabwe wound up their participation at the 9th All-Africa Games by collecting a bronze medal through the men’s 4x400-metre relay team.

The relay team of Nelton Ndebele, Talkmore Nyongani, Gabriel Chikomo and Lewis Banda had been hoping to add to the seven gold medals won by swimmer Kirsty Coventry in the opening week of the sporting showcase.
Coventry, who has since returned to her Austin, Texas, base in the United States, set the tone for a better medal haul for Zimbabwe at this year’s Games when she led the way with an individual contribution of nine medals.
Zimbabwe, in eighth place on the medals table, completed their flirtation with the Games with a total of 23 medals, namely seven gold, eight silver and as many bronze a huge improvement from their pathetic showing at the 2003 competition in Abuja, Nigeria, where they even had a bigger team but could only manage seven medals.



ZIMBABWE will not be represented in any of the team sports at next year’s Olympic Games after the national women’s hockey side ended the African Zone qualifying tournament without a win in Nairobi.

The Zimbabwe women’s side found the going tough at the week-long tournament where they only managed to score one goal and conceded 14 in four matches against hosts Kenya, Namibia, South Africa and Ghana.
Zimbabwe first went down 1-0 to Kenya in their opening match before they were humbled 2-0 by lightweights Namibia in one of the major upsets of the tournament.
More misery was to follow for Zimbabwe in their third match in which they were massacred 9-0 by neighbours South Africa.
In their last match of the tournament, Zimbabwe went down 2-1 to Ghana to finish the competition winless.
The women’s Olympic Games qualifying tournament was held simultaneously with the men’s competition in Nairobi.
Zimbabwe were not represented in the men’s qualifiers after the Hockey Association of Zimbabwe failed to raise enough money to send a team.
The Zimbabwe women’s team were only able to travel to Nairobi after they received some financial assistance from the Olympic Solidarity through the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee.
The Olympic Solidarity released a US$45 000 grant which went towards the team’s preparations and participation at the Nairobi qualifying tournament.
The Olympic Solidarity agreed to give the team the money through their Team Sport Support Grant, which is meant for men or women’s national teams of a sport in the Summer or Winter Olympic Games programmes.
 Senegal and Kenya.
The men’s Under-23 soccer side also failed to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games after they were knocked out in the first round of the African Zone qualifiers by neighbours Mozambique.

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