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Team Namibia bags three bronze medals

2021-12-07  Maurice Kambukwe

Team Namibia bags three bronze medals
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MASERU – Team Namibia yesterday managed to turn the tide at the ongoing African Union Sport Council (AUSC) Region 5 Games, winning three bronze medals in swimming.

Swimmer Trisha Mutumbulua finished third in a time of 31.43 seconds to win bronze in the 500m butterfly category. She finished behind South Africa’s Erin Hartzenberg (30.71) and winner Donata Katai of Zimbabwe (28.99).

Team Namibia claimed its second and third medals through Michaela Ohm and Lisa Engelhard in the 400m freestyle relay and mixed medley relay events.

In other results, Namibia’s U/17 women’s football team yesterday suffered their second defeat at the youth competition when they went down 2-1 to Botswana. 

Their head coach Fredericks Sitali said they found the going tough due to an assortment of reasons, but maintained that it was a great learning curve for the girls.

“Our participation started on a bad note but I’m impressed with the overall performance of the girls. Given more such opportunities, these girls will definitely produce good results in the future. They would make a great squad,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Namibian boxer Richard Huberthus yesterday lost to Angola’s Sambiaku Timateo Banzoy, while compatriot Onesmus Martine secured a walkover win after his opponent failed to show up. 

In tennis, Namibia yesterday competed in the doubles event, which saw Albertus Brinkman and Britz Eli losing to the Mozambican team by 1/6 0/6. 

Tennis coach Ananias Niizimba said although the results were not favourable, he was impressed with the way the team played. 

“Overall, I’m impressed with the way the players fought throughout the match and the way they improved their performance when compared to the previous matches. Many factors also had an impact on their performance, such as the weather but we will go and work on the few mistakes and improve on them,” he said.

The Namibian volleyball team opened their campaign on Sunday when they squared off against host Eswatini, and managed to sneak past them via a 2-1 scoreline. 

2021-12-07  Maurice Kambukwe

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