Judo

Judoka wins gold in Bahamas

FILE: ZAMBIA judoka Simon Zulu (right) battles with Georgios Balarjishvili of Cyprus during the Youth Commonwealth Games 60kg category event. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

MULWANDA LUPIYA, Ndola
JUDOKA Simon Zulu on Tuesday defeated Balarjishivili Georgios of Cyprus to win gold at the Youth Commonwealth Games in

the Bahamas.
The 15-year-old was competing in the 60kg category which attracted 51 other participants.
Zulu showed determination to stun the Cyprian at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium to mint Zambia’s first medal.
According to the results posted on the Bahamas Games website, Zulu convincingly beat his opponents on the way to the final.
Zulu, who was on bye in the preliminary round, battered Thetsane Mosa of South Africa in the quarter-finals and trounced Indian Ashish in the semi-finals.
On the other hand, Georgios edged Zain-Prosser Harry of England in the preliminary stage and overcame Wales’ Wilson Connor Thomas in the quarter-finals.
He dispatched Bennett Callum William of Scotland in the semi-finals.
Zambia has sent four athletes to the Bahamas.
Others are athletes Kennedy Luchembe and Suwilanji Mpondela who will race in 400 and 200 metres respectively.
Ann Phiri will hoist the flag in swimming.
The runners and Phiri will be in action today.
And Zambia Judo Association president Alfred Foloko said they are proud of Zulu’s achievement.
“On behalf of Zambia Judo Association, we are very grateful with the performance and achievements of the young lad. This is the work of the International Judo Association (IJA) which is now yielding results.
“We have invested a lot in the education of our coaches in collaboration with the IJA, National Sports Council of Zambia and the Podium Performance Programme (PPP), which is under the Ministry of Youth and Sport. So we are not surprised with his achievement. It’s a great achievement,” Foloko said.

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