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 first-half 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.