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Gomes continues shinning for Malawi

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Filipe Gomes’ five-star performance continued to earn medals for Malawi at the Cana Zone IV Swimming Championships in Gaborone, Botswana.

Gomes won Malawi gold in the 100 metres 17-24 breaststroke category on Saturday, day three of the competition which ended yesterday Sunday.

The Malawian gem clocked 1:07.40 to finish ahead of Botswana’s Ethan Fischer who came second in 1:07.96. Tait Mills of Zimbabwe won bronze after clocking 1:11.40.

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Gomes also won gold as the competition started on Thursday and clinched gold and silver on the second day, Friday. He also won bronze on day three in the 50 metres freestyle (17- 24 category) to bring his medal count to five.

He remains the only swimmer to have won medals for Malawi out of the 14 who made the trip.

In the Masters category, Sharon Melrose had won four medals for Malawi as day three came to a close. These are gold in the 100 metres fly, bronze in the 800 metres freestyle, in the 50 metres fly and in the 400 metres freestyle.

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Malawi Team Manager, Beatrice Makwenda, said while the other Malawian swimmers had not won medals, it was pleasing that they had broken national records.

“Our national records have now been broken by two swimmers for different races. Our nine-year-old swimmer, Jeremiah Makwenda, has broken two records which have remained stagnant for 10 years. This means we are improving in the game especially for up-and-coming athletes,” Makwenda said.

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