06 May 2017 16:00pm
By Marco Ndlovu
HARARE, 06 MAY (NAMPA) Zimbabwe continued its regional dominance in field and track events for primary and secondary schools by winning the 18th Confederation of Southern African School Sports Associations (Cosassa) Games in Harare on Saturday.
The competition, which began on Thursday, saw Zimbabwe win a total of 37 gold medals, 27 silver and 28 bronze, to finish as overall leaders with a total of 92 medals.
Namibia ended the competition as the second best country with 19 gold, 32 silver, and 23 bronze, giving them a total of 74 medals.
Botswana was third with 17 gold, 24 silver and 27 bronze, giving them a total of 68 medals.
Malawi anchored the log standings with only one gold medal which they won in the 3 000 metre girls Under-17 event on Friday.
A total of 454 athletes took part in the competition, with Botswana supplying the bulk of the competitors, 187 in total.
Zimbabwe was second highest in terms of participants with 133, while Namibia had 98 athletes in the competition and Malawi, 18 (not 16 as previously reported as two more athletes arrived from Malawi on Friday).
Nandi Vass and Chrisline Klein outperformed their Namibian peers, amassing three medals each.
Klein bagged two gold and one bronze, while Vass collected two silver and one bronze.
Namibian girls performed better than the boys, collecting 160 points overall, and coming out tops amongst the four competition countries.
The boys collected 136 points, meaning they came in third position ahead of Malawi.