Mzilikazi win Byo inter-district athletics

MZILIKAZI district won the Bulawayo Metropolitan Province National Secondary School Heads (Nash) inter-district athletics competitions held on Thursday and Friday at White City Stadium.

MAMELO NKOMO
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

It was three times in row for Mzilikazi in the competition.

Mzilikazi bagged 38 gold, 34 silver and 29 bronze to come up with a total of 101 beating Khami, Reigate, Bulawayo and Imbizo districts.

Bulawayo Central came second with 55 medals scooping 25 gold, 14 silver and 16 bronze while Reigate came third with 24 gold, 29 silver and 23 bronze with a total of 76 medals. In fourth position were Imbizo with 18 gold, 16 silver and 12 bronze adding to 46 medals.

Khami had seven gold, 21 silver and 28 bronze with a total of 56 medals.

Mzilikazi district chairperson Sibongile Nsikane said their achievements emanated from unity.

“We have been winning since 2013 and it’s all about unity. During training one cannot tell that there are people from 10 different schools working together,” Nsikane said.

In the girls’ Under-20 200m race, Townsend sprinter Yvonne Vanhuvaone from Bulawayo Central crossed the line in 25,31sec with Sharon Mtinsi of Khami completing the race in 25,32sec while Mzilikazi’s Tanya Mataga coming third in 26,66sec.

Vanhuvaone took part in the African Union Sports Council Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games.

She was involved in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays where team Zimbabwe got silver and bronze respectively.

Luke Tavaziva from Mzilikazi was on fire in the boys’ Under-15s as he grabbed three gold medals in the 400m, 1500m and 3000m. In long jump, Bumnene Ndebele of Imbizo came out tops after jumping 6,53m.

Reigate’s Keltom Moyo came first in the events that he took part in for the 17 and under boys. He hauled three gold medals in the 400m, 400m hurdles and javelin.

Provincial head in charge (athletics) for Bulawayo province Peter Gambiza expressed gratitude at the coaches indicating that in the inter-provincial championships more medals would be attained.

“The competitions were stiff and the coaches did a wonderful job. With this kind of training we expect to reap more medals than last year in Masvingo on March 19 and 20,” Gambiza said.

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