FOLLOWING a magnificent performance at the Botswana’s Golden Grand Prix competition, Zambian athletics champions, Muzala Samukonga and Rhoda Njobvu have been promoted by the Zambia National Service (ZNS)
Samukonga has been elevated from sergeant to staff sergeant while Njobvu will now be referred to as a sergeant from her previous corporal rank.
The two officers had a superb tournament display which left spectators at the edge of their seats, as Njobvu and Samukonga went on to mint gold for Zambia in their respective categories.
Samukonga produced an intense outburst of power and agility as he left behind his opponents like a father running away from a clingy child to go for work, winning the Men’s 400 metres with jaw-dropping 43.91 seconds.
A personal best which engraved his name in the books of records as the fastest 400 meters runner in the world this year.
And the World Athletics (WA) took to Facebook to confirm Muzala’s new record.
Sensational female sprinter Njobvu equally put up a display or prowess grit as she won the women’s 400 metres B-race with 51.96 seconds and setting a new personal best
Njobvu’s victory came within a space of five days after securing another gold medal in the Athletics South Africa (ASA) Grand Prix continental tour challenge were she had set an earlier personal best of 52.25 second.
Speaking while receiving the medals, the ZNS Commander Lieutenant General Maliti Solochi was proud of the two’s achievement
Solochi further expressed the Service’s commitment to growing sports in the country and also disclosed the employment of five other sportsmen and women into the service for their outstanding performances at various sporting event.
By Moses Makwaya
Kalemba May 5, 2023