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‘Commonwealth debacle’

Harriet lose bronze fight

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Team Malawi is finding the going tough at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England following unconvincing results in some sports codes.

In boxing, Elias Bonzo was the first to lose to John Ume of Papua New Guinea in a light welterweight contest on Friday while Natasha Maya also lost on points to Sadie Kenosi of Botswana in a featherweight women’s bout Tuesday.

However, there was solace in boxing as Luwis Zakeyu Mbewe progressed to the quarterfinals after beating his opponent from Sierra Leone Yusuf Kargbo Deen in a welterweight contest Tuesday.

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Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) Chairperson Pyson Likagwa said there was still hope for a medal.

“The two might be out of the competition but their friend can get us a medal,” he said.

In judo, Team Malawi’s representatives are out of the competition having lost their bouts.

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There was no good news in judo as Harriet Boniface, competing in the 48kgs, lost her first fight on Monday.

She won her next fight but lost in a bronze medal fight to an opponent from England.

Her compatriot Austin Chikwapula lost his preliminary round battle in the 66kgs category.

Judo Association of Malawi General Secretary Osbourne Banda confirmed the results saying they were waiting for a technical report.

“We can comment competently if we get a report from the coach,” he said.

Earlier Tuesday, athlete Stern Liffa finished third in his 100m heat after posting 10:49 failing to match his personal best record of 10:33.

As we went to press it was not clear if he had progressed to the semifinals.

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