Cameroon upset volleyball queens


MAPUTO, Mozambique, September 7- Cameroon shocked Africa champions Kenya in 3-1 sets in women’s volleyball semi-finals at the ongoing All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.

The Kenyans laboured to win the first set 26-24 before Cameroon turned the tables, winning the ensuing sets 25-22, 31-29 and 25-20.

In women’s basketball, Nigeria came from behind to beat youthful Kenya 63-61. Kenya, who had hardly qualified for the quarters were leading 61-60 with a minute left.

But the experienced Nigerians, who had all their US-based players, tied 61-61 through Joyce Ekworomadu free throw before Ugochukwu scored the winner.

Faith Owich had a chance to level the scores but missed an open shot under the rim with 10 seconds left. Rose Ouma again led the scoring with 13 points.

On Wednesday, Jason Dunford set a meet record in the men’s 100 fly with 52.13 to bag Kenya’s first gold medal at the ongoing All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.

That swim smashed his previous standard of 53.40 set in 2007 and came up short of his fourth-ranked season best of 51.59 from World Championships.

South Africa’s Chad Le Clos (52.17) and Neil Watson (55.14) took second and third. Le Clos improved to 17th in the world with his swim.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s Karin Prinsloo earned her third individual title of the meet.

Prinsloo posted a meet-record time of 1:59.84 in the women’s 200 free.

That effort crushed the previous mark of 2:02.45 set by Melissa Corfe in 2007.

Tunisia’s Zeineb Khalfallah picked up second in 2:05.44, while South Africa’s Natasha De Vos won bronze in 2:06.20.

– Compiled by Jack Mwiti