Patronage was not impressive, but that did not stop 25 paralympic athletes from giving out their best during a national junior championship involving the physically challenged at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday.
Hosts Malawi Paralympic Committee (MPC) had planned to accommodate 18 athletes after each region supplied six, but the race was open to others who used their resources to outwit each other on the running track.
In boys’ 800m section, Prascan Dominic emerged champion in 2:33:19 whereas Caren Kamowa was second in 2:36:42. Alfred Kamanga finished third after clocking 2:42:29.
In girls’ section, Taonere Banda emerged champion in 2:59:11, whereas Rabecca Nthali was second after posting 3:03:02. Prisca Kachule ended third in 3:04:04.
In 400m for boys, Steve Napolo, with 1:07:05, finished first as Eliya Josephy emerged second in 1:07:59. Third-placed Anthony Chunga clocked 1:08:94.
Taonere Banda claimed double gold after winning the ladies section of the event when she clocked 1:21:91. Patience Phiri finished behind Banda in 1:25:88. Maureen Chirwa ended on third position with 1:26:78.
Steve Napolo won the championship in boys’ section of 200m when he finished in 28:15 whereas Eliya Joseph was second in 28:86. Third-placed Frank Zgambo posted 29:40.
In ladies’ section, Prisca Kachule was the champion in 33:65 with Grace Kambiri ending second in 39:59.
In 100m for boys, Emmanuel Gabriel was the champion in 14:33 with Prascan Dominic taking second place in 14:84.
Harriet Doviko emerged girls champion of the event in 16:27 while Tereza Likeche ended second after clocking 16:59.
MPC president James Chiutsi, who thanked Malawi National Council of Sports, The Leasing and Finance Company of Malawi and Ryalls Hotel for supporting the event, was not concerned with the low turnout.
“We even doubted whether the athletes would come but they surprised us because they came in large numbers. We were expecting 18 athletes, but 25 took part which is a positive development on our part,” he said.
Sports Council executive secretary, George Jana, thanked the two companies for supporting the junior championship, which he said provided a perfect platform for youngsters to gauge themselves.
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