HARARE – Zimbabwe’s judokas acquainted themselves well when they beat their Malawian counterparts during a tournament held to prepare for the Southern Africa Youth Games later this year. By Austin Karonga
The Judo Association of Zimbabwe (Jaz) Under-20 side won three gold, two silver and two bronze medals while their Malawian counterparts managed two silver medals and a bronze during the event hosted by the Rolf Valley Judo Club at the Rolf Valley Gym on Friday.
Local judoka Blessing Muparo won a gold medal in the Under-66kg men category while compatriot Tinashe Tambanzini took silver with Malawi’s Martin Khuperi winning bronze.
In the men’s Under-60kg, Zimbabwe once again ruled the roost with Tapiwa Pavari taking gold, Malawi’s Chikondi Khatawera winning silver and local Washington Charamba taking home the bronze.
The women Under-57kg category saw Zimbabwe’s Grace Sitombo winning gold with the silver going to Malawi’s Esther Moller and another local judoka Janine Kayaya settling for bronze.
Jaz president Debi Jeans said the event served as a positive launch pad for the Youth Games to be held in Angola in December.
“This has been a good ‘kick start’ to our preparations for December as it has got everyone motivated to train towards the Youth Games,” she said.
“Through (last) Friday’s results, it has also served to help us identify candidates for the team for the inaugural Japanese Embassy Ambassador Cup Team event this Sunday at Hartman House which promises to be an exciting event with the best fighters in Zimbabwe battling it out.”