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2 Taekwondo athletes win 3 medals in eSwatini

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IMPRESSED—Phiri (right) and JK

Two local taekwondo athletes Stanislaus Phiri and Joseph JK scooped three medals at the 2nd Generation Swazi Tigers Taekwondo Championship in eSwatini on Sunday.

During the three-day championship that started on Friday, Phiri retained the Senior Male Blackebelt Poomsae (Pattern) gold.

His compatriot JK won silver and bronze medals in Sparring and Poomsae, respectively.

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The championship, that started on Friday, drew athletes from eSwatini, South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Phiri was excited to have defended the title.

“This was not my first time to travel to eSwatini. I was also there in 2019. I am happy to defend the title; the games were interesting. I also came here in 2019 and became champion,” he said.

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On his part, JK said winning a medal in a foreign land was a great experience.

“The medals did not come on a silver platter. I had to work hard,” he said.

The pair was invited by Taekwondo federation in eSwatini, having impressed at last year’s international competition in Maputo, Mozambique, where each won individual gold.

Taekwondo Association of Malawi President Tichitenji Nkhwazi hailed the two for winning medals.

“They are hardworking; no wonder, they won medals,” he said.

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