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Youthful 7’s Rugby team unable to cause upset

Meanwhile the Namibian swimmers also got some promising results. Zanre Oberholzer came 6th (1:04.59) in the 100 meter backstroke final, while Lushano Lamprecht made the 8th place in the same discipline over the same distance (1:00.55). Oberholzer also came in 9th in the 50 Meter Backstroke final (30.61). Lamprecht had another good result as he came in 10th (26.31) over 50 meter Butterfly. Their fellow Namibian Sonja Adelaar finished the same race in 11th position (29.36).

In the women’s high jump competition, Siranda Horn just missed out on a podium position after coming in fourth. She cleared 1.65 meters with her best attempt, 9 cm short of the bronze medal place that went to Paige Wilson (1.74m) of Australia. The English pair of Niamh Emerson (1.80m) and Adaora Chigbo (1.77m) took the first and second place respectively.

Namibia’s sevens rugby team was unable to cause an upset at the Commonwealth Youth Games currently under way in Samoa after winning only one of three matches earlier this week.

The boys, coached by Patrick Ludick, succumbed to England in their first match of the day. The Namibians played well and pushed their opponents all the way, but it was not enough as the English took a close 17:5 win on the day Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning UK monarch.
In the following match the youngsters were overwhelmed by their southern neighbors South Africa. Fielding arguably the strongest squad of the tournament besides Australia, the junior Springboks raced to a 46:0 win.
Despite the disappointing loss, the Ludick boys picked themselves up again, winning their last encounter with 33:0 against Singapore.
In other action, the Namibian swimmers continued to get promising results, but a medal rank still eluded them. Zanre Oberholzer came the closest with a sixth place over 200 meter backstroke. She clocked in at 2:19.09 minutes. Gold went to Bobbi Gichard (2:10.87) of New Zealand, while South African Nathania Van Niekerk came second and Elyse Woods of Australia third (2:15:13).
In the same discipline, Lushano Lamprecht made the 9th overall place in 2:09.64. The fastest man of the day was Tristan Ludlow of Australia (2:01:46), followed by Northern Irlands Conor Ferguson (2:03:90) and Neil Fair of South Africa (2:03:93).

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