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Shooter Saina Remains Stuck, Lionesses Eye CWG Hooray

Kenya captain Philadelphia Olando tackles against Italy on day two of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong on 7 April, 2017. PHOTO/World Rugby / Michael Lee - KLC fotos
Kenya Lionesses in a file photo. PHOTO/SPN

GOLD COAST, Australia- Christopher Saina fired 244 points and 20 vee-bulls to remain in 24th place after day two of Queen’s Prize Individual Shooting at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on Thursday.

Saina shot 101 points and 11 vee-bulls  on day one. The competition, being held at the Belmont Full Bore Range, has attracted 33 participants with Jim Bailey of Australia currently leading 255 points and 37 vee-bulls.

From the record, it will take more than a miracle for Saina to end up with a respectable finish, let alone a medal when the competition concludes on Friday.

The country’s hunt for medals outside athletics and boxing will focus on rugby sevens when female side, Lionesses launch their campaign against New Zealand at Robina Stadium on Friday morning.

The team will be seeking redemption in the women’s Pool A match scheduled for 9:53am (EAT) after failing to qualify as a Core Team for the 2018/19 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Hong Kong last weekend.

The country will take on Canada at 12:11pm before ending their preliminary assignments against perennial rivals South Africa at 5:27am on Saturday.

Lionesses head coach, Kevin Wambua, admits South Africa is his greatest headache in the group with his side losing 7-12 to their African foes at the Hong Kong 7s semis.

“I’m trying to device a method that can defeat them. We lost 17-22 and 12-17 to South Africa in the 2016 and 2017 Africa Championships.

Painfully denied

“South Africa is also the side that painfully denied us a World Cup slot last year in Tunisia. I believe they are beatable,” Wambua underlined.

“Our focus here is to beat them so we can be ranked top in Africa. Playing continental runners-up for over half a decade is not encouraging at all.

“Canada are physical so I have prepared my players mentally for the encounter while we will have to be swift against the New Zealanders,” Wambua underscored.

Team captain, Philadelphia Orlando, added they we ready for the showpiece as she urged her team-mates to shelve their disappointment in Hong Kong and channel their energy to Gold Coast.

“We have played against the teams we are pooled with at one point or the other. We know their weaknesses and strengths and the ball is in our court. It is upon us to step up our game. We will give our best,” the Northern Suburb fly half told SportPesa News.

Women Flyweight (51kg) boxing sensation, Christine ‘Mamushka’ Ongare, who is already assured of a medal at the championships, will step into the ring at 5:17am to strive to book a berth in the final.

Ongare will box Carly McNaul of Northern Ireland in the semis where the winner will be assured of a silver medal and the loser settling for bronze.

Ongare is in line to become the first exponent outside track and field to bag her country a medal at the contest.

“I want to go the whole way and win gold. This is the only means I can save the face of our boxers who fell by the wayside,” Ongare stated.

Lilian Nthiga will start her wrestling challenge against Sherin Sultana of Bangladesh at 3:30am.

Nthiga is in group A in the women’s 68kg freestyle category. She will meet Nigeria’s Blessings Oburududu in her second game later in the day.

 

Selected Commonwealth Games Friday Fixtures (EAT)

Rugby 7s

Kenya Lionesses Vs New Zealand 9:33am

Kenya Lionesses vs Canada 12:11pm

Boxing semis

Christine Ongare (Kenya) vs Carly McNaul (Northern Ireland) 5:17am

Wrestling

Lilian Nthiga vs Sherin Sultana (Bangladesh) 3:30am

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