DAR ES SALAAM: TANZANIA swimming team finished second in the 2023 Aquatics Zone III Championships held recently in Kigali, Rwanda after collecting 127 medals and eight trophies
According to the team’s coach Alexander Mwaipasi, the envoys collected 44 gold, 43 silver, and 40 bronze medals which were enough to see them claiming the second slot behind Uganda who finished in first place while Kenya was accommodated in the third slot.
Aside from scooping the second place, eight Tanzanian swimmers received cups after doing well in different age categories they competed throughout the two-day eventful contest held at the Gahanga Club House La Palisse Arena.
BEN who finished number one in the age category of over 17 years old and won gold medals in all the competitions he was subjected to as well Aryan Bhattbhatt, who finished in the top spot in the age category of 15 to 16 years old and he won gold medals in all seven competitions he contested.
Likewise, Max Missokia did well in the age group of 11 to 12 years old (Boys) claiming gold medals in all his competitions while Romeo Mwaipasi finished second in the age category of 15 to 16 years old getting gold medals.
Also, Austin Okore accumulated second place in the 13 to 14 age group gathering gold medals in all his contests as Filbertha Demello who was first in the age category of 13 to 14 years old (girls) bagging gold medals from all her competitions.
Crissa Dillip ended in the second slot in the age group of 13 to 14 years old (girls) as she cherished gold medals in all competitions she featured as well as Muskan Gaikwad who ended in third spot in the age group of above 17 (girls) and she won gold medals in all her engagements.
The coach also hailed the following swimmers for their contributions to generating medals, Julius Missokia (2 bronze), Juanita Viljoen (1 bronze), Amylia Chali (2 Silver and 2 bronze), Natalia Ladha (3 Silver), Michael Joseph (1 Silver and 1 bronze), Nicolene Viljoen (2 Silver and 2 bronze).
Others are Bridget Heep (1 Silver and 2 bronze), Delbert Ipilinga (2 Silver) and Zainab Mosajee (1 Silver and 3 bronze).
In Relays of above 15 years old, the country’s flag bearers generated one god, three silver, and five bronze medals while in Relays under 14 years old, they produced five gold and three silver medals.
“We thank God for helping us to complete the competition well and in good health and I also appreciate the management who accompanied the team as each offered his or her contributions to make sure that everything went well,” Mwaipasi said.