MASERU – Despite the pouring rain that adjusted time schedule to an extra hour delay, the athletics finals began at 10 am with Zambia winning the race of 3000 meters women under 18 at Setsoto stadium.
Botswana then won the same race in men’s category, which seemed to be a good start for the youth team as they bagged a total of 42 medals earning them 19 gold, 13 silver and 10 bronze medals to become champions of African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games Maseru 2020 athletics competition.
Nambia as runner up managed to win 20 medals of eight gold, five silver and seven bronze medals.
Lestho as host country became third on stats total of 42 medals earned team Botswana 19 gold, 13 silver and 10 bronze medals to
due to seven golds, five silver like Namibia and four bronze medals to make in 16 in total.
Zambian side followed Lesotho with six gold, two silver and a single medal of bronze.
Zimbabwe being in six position, it is due to the fewer golds of four medals despite winning a total of 14 medals than Zambia’s nine.
Zambia has the same total medals as Angola yet their three golds put them in sixth position.
Malawi being the seventh in line, it only took them one gold medal, six silver and seven bronze medals.
Lastly, Mozambique and Eswatini won three medals each without any gold for their victories.
Eswatini came last because Mozambique has a silver medal. The competition will be held again in Lilongwe, Malawi in 2022 as the 10th edition of the AUSC Region 5 Youth Games.