Inexperience bogs down athletics team


By Enock Muchinjo

THE Zimbabwe Schools Athletics team returned home this week from the South African Athletics Provincial Championships which were held in Johannesburg with only two medals.
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The 40-member squad performed unconvincingly at the championships held over a fortnight ago.


Mandla Mgijima won both medals – gold in the triple jump and bronze in the long jump.


The Christian Brothers College student is the national schools champion and a record holder in the events.


Team captain Farai Mawindidze said the team was disappointed over failing to bag more medals but maintained that players acquitted themselves well at the prestigious event.


“We also fell short on experience,” Mawindidze said. “Most of us were there for the first time unlike the South Africans who in addition to vast experience, train all year round. Frankly, we did not expect the type of competition that we encountered and I have to say the standards were very high.”


The Zimbabweans did well in the first round of competitions only to fizzle out in the knockout stages.


Camilla Knight of Peterhouse Girls High School came second in the 1 500m and missed a medal position by two points in the finals.


The girls 4x100m relay team came second in their first heat but were eliminated in the semi-finals.