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Zambia medal hunt starts

From DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO in Nanjing, China
ZAMBIA’s campaign for medals at the Youth Olympics gets underway today when swimmer Ralph Goveia and judoka Nokutula Banda compete for glory in their respective categories.
Goveia will use his experience from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games to win a medal.
He found the going tough in Scotland.
Goveia said the tournament in Scotland was a learning process that will help him succeed in Nanjing.
While he remains under pressure getting to the medal brackets, the 16-year-old believes he has the strength to make the country proud.
The only Zambian swimmmer splashes out at the Nanjing OSC Natatorium Swimming Pool for the 100-metre butterfly heat.
Goveia has entered the competition with a personal best time of 56:69 seconds in the 100 metres butterfly, the time he acquired at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
“I have trained here and my time really looks good. I am pressured because I have seen that my chances of going into the medal brackets are high. That has put a lot of pressure on me.
“This is my first Olympics and I just have to handle the pressure well. I have to be composed because the danger is that it might affect me,” Goveia said.
And Banda has respect for her Hungarian opponent Szambina Gercsaks as they take to the mat this morning in the preliminary round of the 63kg women category.
Banda, who is also a lone representative in judo, has prepared adequately for the tournament.
“I am scared of her [Gercsaks]. She is very good. This is a tough draw for me but I have to work very hard. I have to be composed and put in my best,” she said
The runners will take to the track on Thursday.
Sydney Siame (800m), Brian Kasinda (400m), Godfrey Chama (800m) and Abigail Chama (200m) are hoisting the country’s flag in Nanjing.

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