Zim hockey team fi­nally win

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sports Re­porter

THE Zim­babwe ju­nior women’s field hockey 5s team fi­nally re­mem­bered how to win at the on­go­ing 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina, on Wed­nes­day when they beat Mex­ico 2-1 in their penul­ti­mate Pool B match.

Af­ter hav­ing shipped in 19 goals in their open­ing three group matches against Aus­tralia, Poland and China, who beat them 10-0, 2-1 and 7-0 re­spec­tively, Zim­babwe were all danc­ing with joy af­ter manag­ing to edge out Mex­ico through two firsthalf field goals by Alexei Terblanche and Natalie Terblanche.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports from Buenos Aires, Zim­babwe took the lead in the first minute through Alexei Terblanche be­fore Natalie Terblanche added the sec­ond seven min­utes later. Mex­ico man­aged to re­duce the ar­rears through a 19th minute field goal by Carla Ramirez.

Wed­nes­day’s vic­tory over Mex­ico re­stored some pride for the Zim­bab­weans who are now out of the run­ning for a medal at these Games af­ter they lost their open­ing Pool B matches to Aus­tralia, Poland and China.

By the close of busi­ness on Wed­nes­day, China were top­ping Pool B with 12 points af­ter record­ing four straight wins in this group while Poland (7 points) and Aus­tralia (six points) were placed sec­ond and third.

Zim­babwe, on three points, were oc­cu­py­ing fifth place ahead of Mex­ico af­ter their nar­row vic­tory over the North Amer­i­cans on Wed­nes­day.

They were sched­uled to play their last match in Pool B against fel­low African coun­try Namibia yes­ter­day.

In swim­ming, Zim­babwe’s sole rep­re­sen­ta­tive Liam Davis (18) failed to qual­ify for the fi­nal of the men’s 200m breast­stroke on Wed­nes­day de­spite com­ing sec­ond in heat one in which he clocked 2:21.59.

The three-man heat was won by Brazil’s Vi­tor Pin­heiro de Souza in 2:18.83 while David Ros­ales of Croa­tia came third in 2:24.37.

All the three swim­mers’ times were not good enough to qual­ify them for the eight-man fi­nal. In fact, Davis’ time of 2:21.59 saw him be­ing ranked 20th out of a field of 26 swim­mers who took part in four heats of the men’s breast­stroke event on Wed­nes­day.

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