The Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) says the Olympic and Africa Day Celebrations event, which the country hosted in Lilongwe over the weekend, was a success.
Moc president Oscar Kanjala disclosed during the celebrations at Civo Stadium that despite several hiccups, the committee was satisfied with the historical event.
Five countries including Malawi took part in this year’s event, which was also organised to celebrate the Africa Day.
Athletes from Mozambique, South Africa and Lesotho failed to take part in the event.
Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Grace
Chiumia said it was an honour that the country was chosen to host the event for the first time.
“Let me commend all the stakeholders, especially the organising committee for working tirelessly in organising the first ever Olympic and Africa Day Celebrations,” said Chiumia.
In the main event, Malawian athlete Ndacha Mchelenje from Mzuzu completed a 42-kilometre distance in 2 hours, 19 minutes and 38 seconds to claim gold while runner-up, Mike Tebulo finished the journey in 2 hours, 20 minutes and 24 seconds.
Zambian Mathews Mutanya won bronze when he finished the distance in 2 hours, 22 minutes and 11 seconds.
In the ladies category, Winile Mnisi from Swaziland won gold followed by Bhiri Tawapo and Mercy Kalunga both from Zambia.
Mnisi finished the 42-kilometre race in 2 hours, 59 minutes, Tawapo, covered the distance in 3 hours while Kalunga completed the race in 3hours, 17 minutes and 28 seconds.
In the 5000 metres women juniors, Malita Phiri won gold, while Zimbabwean Anna Bungu and Botho Marope of Botswana won silver and bronze respectively.
Abina Chinga from Malawi, also won gold in the 5000 metres men juniors beating Hwenjere from Zimbabwe and Wilson Jume from Malawi.
In the Paralympic 800 metres women category, Prisca Kachule won gold medal while Grace Kambiri finished second.
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