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Two Malawian athletes win silver in Zimbabwe

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MALAWIAN athletes, Kefasi Kasiteni and Cecilia Mhango, yesterday rose to the occasion and won silver medals at the senior Confederation of African Athletics Southern Africa Championship underway in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The two won the medals in 1,500m events in the men’s and women’s  categories.

Senior athlete Limbikani Chiumia, who is also doubling as team manager for Malawi at the showpice, said the two defied the odds to finish second.

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“It is not easy to win a medal at this level but the two were simply good. They should also be commended for performing well despite not camping for the event,” he said. However, it was bad news for the other Malawian runners who competed yesterday.

Competing in the same category, Chancy Master finished on position seven whereas Gervazio Mpani was eighth.

Boniface Phiri came fifth in the 200m race and in the 10,000m contest, Abina Tchinga ended sixth whereas Harry Sichali finished on fifth position.

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Another athlete who competed in the same race, Ndacha Mcherenje, missed a bronze medal by a whisker after finishing fourth.

Chiumia said the athletes are geared to finish strongly today with Master, Kasiteni and Mpani competing in the 5,000m event while Mercy Malembo will fly the Malawi flag in the 3,000m category.

Benedicto Makumba and Abina Tchinga will compete in the 800m showpiece. The two-day competition ends today and has attracted athletes from 14 countries who competed in track and field events.

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