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More Olympics Misery for Zimbabwe as Triathlete Fares Poorly

  • Tatenda Gumbo

It never rains but pours for the Zimbabwean Olympic team as triathlete Chris Felgate performed dismally on Tuesday in London.

Felgate finished the race at number 52, beating only two triathletes in the triathlon event.

It was a family affair as the home team's Alistar and Jonathan Brownlee took the gold and bronze medals, respectively. Javier Gomez of Spain took the sliver medal.

The triathlon included a 1,500 meter swimming piece, a 43 kilometer bike ride and a 10 kilometer road run. Brownlee romped home in 1 hour, 46 minutes. Felgate finished in 1 hour 53 minutes

Head of Zimbabwe Olympic mission Busi Chindove said Felgate is a true athlete who displayed sportsmanship even if he failed to secure the medal.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's Young Warriors are hoping to redeem themselves against Angola in the second leg of the African Youth Championship in Luanda Sunday after a disappointing 1- 0 loss at home two weeks ago.

Young Warriors coach Jairos Tapera said he has beefed up his team with three new players ahead of the crucial return match.

The team is now in camp and leaves the country Friday for the match.

Tapera told VOA's Marvellous Mhlanga Nyahuye although the return match is an uphill task, he is hopeful the young warriors will stage an upset to progress to the next round.

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