Swimming team hauls 30 medals

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THE 33-member Zambian squad has scooped 30 medals at the 2014 Zone Three and Four CANA Swimming Championship in Uganda and also retained the Team spirit award for the fifth time in a row.
Team Zambia finished third overall on 2,153 points, 33 behind second placed South Africa while Kenya scooped the top spot after accumulating 2,676.5 points in the competition that saw 11 countries square up for honours.
In individual races, South Africa-based Zambian swimmer, Lee Savory produced a superb performance, claiming two gold medals in the 100 and 50 metres.
Savory also struck silver and bronze in the 50 metres breaststroke and 50 metres freestyle in the 17 and above boys’ age group and Stacey Hyslop also won a gold medal in 200 metres butterfly.
Sensational swimmer, Tilka Paljk had five medals added to her name after scooping three silver and two bronze while Ryan Bouverie scooped a silver in 50 metre backstroke and two bronze medals in 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke.
Paljk had silver in 50m breast, 100 breast and 200m breast with the bronze in 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle.
Joanna Buys, Nakawele Sakala and Shannon Weltin Hassen claimed a bronze in their respective categories while Raffael Ryder contributed two bronze to the Zambian team and so did Sam Swanepoel who won silver and bronze medals in 100m and 200m backstroke boys’ 17 years and above category.
The boys’ under-14 quartet of Mutale Mulenga, Adam Pinfold, Bouverie and Ryder managed to win bronze in the 200m freestyle relay and further produced an identical result in the 200m medley relay.
Mwaba Mulenga won silver in 50m freestyle and Harleena Naidu got bronze in 50m breast.
Team manager Tinky Naidu expressed happiness with the performance of Zambian swimmers.
“Team Zambia did awesome! We got third place out of 11 countries, South Africa only beat us by 33 points and most of the swimmers in the 33-member team were attending their debut international event,” she said.
Of all the participating countries, Kenya led the medal tally scooping a total of 105 medals followed by South Africa’s 74 as Mauritius claimed 53.
Angola, Uganda, Tanzania and Seychelles won 46, 32, 24 and nine medals respectively while Rwanda only managed to win only one medal.
On fourth position in terms of points was Angola who accumulated 2,108 points, Mauritius amassed 1,550 with Uganda and Tanzania in fifth and sixth position on 1,375 and 1,276.5 points.

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