Choombe punched out as Zambia’s reps at Olympics disappoint
Zambian boxer Gilbert Choombe was Tuesday evening eliminated from the London 2012 Olympics after losing 19-5 to become the third envoy of the seven to fall out of the competition at preliminary stage.
Fighting in the blue corner as a 64kg light welterweight contender against 24-year-old Australian Jeffrey Horn, Choombe lost all three rounds on an overrall score of 19-5.
The Zambian scored only one point in the first round but succumbed to six before putting up a comeback display in the second round which only ended a near 4-2 score in favour of Horn.
Choombe, 20, was worn out in the third and final round as Horn rained serious punches to net nine points against the Zambian’s two. The final tally read beyond Choombe who alongside judoka Boas Munyonga and swimmer Zane Jordan have now been confined to the terraces.
Munyonga was disqualified from the race when he failed to adhere to technical understanding of his 81kg category against Japan’s Nakai Takahiro.
Swimmer Zane 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 but it was not enough to go passed the preliminary round.
Zambia’s seemingly faint hopes for medals now rests on women’s 100m sprinter Choosha Chaujze who will be on the tract at 11:40 while on Friday 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.