Zambia’s 2012 Olympic Medal Chase Fails at First Attempt

Zambia’s first attempt for a medal at the 2012 London Olympics collapsed in the preliminary round when swimmer Zane Jordan could not progress to the next round on Sunday.

The UK-based Jordan was competing in the 100m backstroke where he only managed to better his personal best time.

Jordan, based in the United Kingdom, finished third in his heat after 58.77 seconds which was better than his previous 59.33 seconds record he entered the event with.

Barbados’ Ally Bradley won Jordan’s heat with 56.27 seconds despite failing to beat his personal best time which is 55.88 seconds and Sri Lanka’s Unamboowe Heshan was second on 57.94 seconds.

Heshan ‘s personal best time is 57.47 seconds.

The finals of the backstroke 100m are expected later today with the Olympic record standing at 52.54 while the World record is 51.94.

Jordan is one of Zambia’s seven representatives at the London Olympics.

Tomorrow, Boas Munyonga will be on the mat in judo’s 81kgs category at 10:30 hours while light welterweight boxer Gilbert Choombe will fight at 20:00hrs the same day.

On Friday, women’s 100m sprinter Choosha Chaujze will be on the tract at 11:40 while Gerald Phiri will be on the track in the 100m men’s race on Saturday at 11:00hrs.

Middle distance runner Prince Mumba will be on track on August 6 in the 800m at 11:50 hours.

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