Samukonga, Njobvu, Nyambe win at Botswana Grand Prix


Zambia’s track and field sprinter, Muzala Samukonga, has produced a brilliant run to win the men’s 400 meters race, while sensational females sprinter, Rhoda Njobvu, won the women’s 400 meters B-race at the just ended Botswana Golden Grand prix.

In winning the heated race, Muzala set another personal record after clocking a jaw-dropping 43.91 seconds, smashing his own record and finishing first.

He bagged a gold medal after beating seven other renown competitors who included the World and Olympic games medalists such as Kirani James of Grenada and Isaac Makwala of Botswana.
His less than 44 seconds sprint is reported to not only be a national record but a world lead as well.

Muzala, who specializes in the 400 meters race, first set the track and field world on fire when he minted Gold at the 2022 Birmingham Common wealth games after finishing at 44.66 seconds.

The 20-year-old athlete who has continued putting up sensational performances also won a Gold medal at the 2022 African Championships at the age of 19.

The athlete also competed in the 200 meters sprint in which he clocked 21:84 seconds in 2021.

In the women’s 400metres B-race, Rhoda Njobvu minted a gold medal by sprinting to 51.96 seconds and setting a new personal best, beating Simwaka Asimenye of Malawi who clocked 52.28 seconds in to second position.

Rhoda’s victory comes barely five days after she secured another gold medal in the Athletics South Africa (ASA) Grand Prix continental tour challenge where she had set an earlier personal best of 52.25 seconds.

Patrick Nyambe, a Zambia National Service civilian employee, came out third in the men’s 400 meters category.

Patrick secured a bronze medal in the Men’s 400 metre race after finishing with 46.26 seconds beating Clifton Meshack of Botswana who clocked 46.40 into the fourth position.

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Meanwhile, the Zambia National Service (ZNS) Commander Lieutenant General, Maliti Solochi, has congratulated Muzala, Rhoda and Patrick on their impressive performances at the just ended Botswana Golden Grand Prix.

Solochi said the Service is elated and proud that the trio have continued with their remarkable achievements, which was consolidating the country’s foot print on the global sports stage.

“I want to assure the three athletes of sustained support to ensure they keep soaring and hoisting the Zambian flag high,” He said.

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