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Mozambique’s karate team has won nine medals at the AUSC Region 5 Games just ended in Durban, South Africa.
A delegation of 14 Mozambican karatekas participated in the 19th African Union Sport Council Region 5 Karate Federation Championships, alongside competitors from Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique’s 14-member squad brought home nine medals – one gold, three silver and five bronze, and finished fourth in the overall rankings.
Alyn Jamu won the country’s only gold medal, in the Kumite Female category, 68kg, ages 18 to 20.
Also in the Kumite category, for athletes aged between 14 and 15, under 70kg male, Kevon Chavane won silver, as did Shelton Bila in the under-67kg, ages 18 to 20 category. In the female Kumite category, Vanessa Macie won silver in the under-42kg category for athletes aged between 12 and 13.
Of the five bronze medals won by the Mozambican team, the women won four and males one, Eskinder Mabote winning bronze in the Kata class for 18 to 20 year-olds.
Gina Rosa (18-20 olds), Alyn Jamu (over 18 year-olds), Maia Gaunt (10-11 year-olds) and Sheide Manave (14-15 year-olds), also won bronze medals for the country, all in the Kumite category.
Only five of the delegation visiting South Africa failed to win medals, but their scores showed their dedication. Paulo Leandro finished seventh in the Kumite category for athletes between 14 and 15 years of age, Jéssica Dinis was fifth in the Kata category ages 12 to 13, Neidy Chichava and Rosa Regina both finished fifth for athletes above 18 years of age, and Bruno Matula finished seventh in the Kumite category for athletes over 18 years old.
The Mozambican delegation makes a positive assessment of their participation, considering the opponents they faced in Durban, and promised better results in future competitions.
In the final tally, South Africa was the big winner, with 194 medals, including 63 gold, 49 silver and 82 bronze, followed by Botswana with a total of 46 medals – 12 gold, 18 silver and 16 bronze.
Namibia closed the competition with 32 medals in total, including two gold, eight silver and 22 bronze.
Mozambique finished in fourth position, Angola in fifth and Zimbabwe sixth.
Source: O País