TEAM Zimbabwe grabbed yet another gold medal at the ongoing African Union Sports Council Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games yesterday morning courtesy of the men’s tennis doubles team, as the hosts moved to second behind early pacesetters South Africa on the medal count.
Ronzai Saurombe and Taremedzwa Mariga combined to beat South Africa’s François Kellerman and Musawenkosi Mpondi 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 at the Bulawayo Athletic Club to clinch the title.
There was no such joy for their female counterparts Valeria Bhunu and Rufaro Chirewa who fell to Caitlin Herb and Katie Poluta of South Africa in the women’s doubles finals to win a silver medal for Zimbabwe, the country’s third.
The win was a huge consolation especially for top seed Saurombe who got bronze in the men’s singles while Bhunu, the top seed in the women category, picked up silver in the women’s singles.
“It’s always good to win. We came from behind after losing the first set and we would like to thank everyone for the support. I lost in the singles, but that’s the name of the game; you win some and lose some,” Saurombe said.
His partner Mariga said: “There were a couple of talented players in the competition, but we wanted to do good for the country in the doubles.
It’s work in progress for and we strive for excellence as we move forward.”
Bronze medal in the men’s doubles category went to Lesotho with Lebelo Mosehle and Kukutla Motlojoa beating Lumeta Chisomo and Chipangano Sandukira of Malawi 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.
The women’s bronze went to Nthabiseng Mogopodi and Patsimo Ruele who beat the Mozambicans Claudia Sumaia and Belmino Dos Santos in straight sets.