African Games: Swimmer Denilson Cyprianos scoops Zim’s first gold medal

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By Sport Reporter

Swimmer Denilson Cyprianos on Sunday night won Men’s 200m Backstroke at the ongoing African Games in Acrra, Ghana registering Zimbabwe’s first gold medal.

Cyprianos finished the 200 m Backstroke in 2.01.96 becoming the first Zimbabwean male to win this category in the African Games’ history.

He was followed by Algeria’s Abdellah Ardjoune who finished in 2:02.22 to clinch silver , with South Africa’s Helgaard Muller in third position with 2:03:99.

Commenting on his triumph, Cyprianos said,”A very special moment for me,iam so glad that I have started the competition with a good rate, I have won one of my three individual race.

“I’m happy to be doing this for team Zimbabwe, it’s been a long time , a lot of hard work has gone in for this medal.”


Zimbabwe swimming team is putting a fine display at the games with five of them booking places in the finals of different races that is Paige Van Der Weisthuizen in 200 m freestyle, Vhenekai Dhemba 100m Breaststroke, Donata Katai 50m Butterfly and Liam Davis in Breastroke.