Gold Medalist Mumba Joins Squad
BY IGNATIUS MAZEKO for The Times of Zambia
UNITED States (US)-based Zambian middle distance runner Prince Mumba at the weekend warmed up for the 2012 London Olympic Games by minting a gold medal at the Manchester Parks Grand Prix Series in England.
And Mumba was by press time scheduled to join the Zambia Olympic squad that arrived in Glasgow, Scotland on Monday afternoon to fine-tune for the London 2012 Olympic Games slated for July 27 to August 12.
Mumba, who runs for Santa Monica Track Club in California, revealed his performance in Manchester by posting on his Twitter timeline that: "First win in Manchester."
Efforts to contact Mumba for a comment proved futile as he could not be reached on his mobile phone.
It was a second successive gold medal for Mumba after his exploits last month at the 26th Jim Bush track and field championship in California.
Mumba, formerly of Zambia Police athletics team, arrived in Manchester last week on Monday in the company of his trainer Joe Douglas, who also coaches the Santa Monica Track Club.
The other Zambian athletes already in Glasgow preparing for the London 2012 Olympic Games are swimmers, Jade Howard and Zane Jordan, judoka Boas Munyonga and boxer Gilbert Choombe.
Mazabuka 100 meters champion, Chauness Chosha, a wild entry replacement for injured Tony Wamulwa, is scheduled to leave for Glasgow on Saturday, while US-based sprinter Gerald Phiri will join the team when it shifts camp to London.
Wamulwa was in the company of other army recruits on their way to Kabwe when the accident occurred. He sustained a fractured ankle and is currently admitted to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka.