Kabange Mupopo

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Kabange Mupopo
Kabange Mupopo - Rio2016.JPG
Mupopo at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Full name Kabange Mupopo
Date of birth (1992-09-21) 21 September 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Zambia
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Green Buffaloes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Green Buffaloes
National team
2014– Zambia

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)
Kabange Mupopo
Medal record
Athletics
Representing  Zambia
African Championships
Silver medal – second place 2014 Marrakech 400 metres

{{Medal|Gold|2016 Durban|[[400 metres}}

All-Africa Games
Gold medal – first place 2015 Brazzaville 400 metres

Kabange Mupopo (born 21 September 1992) is a Zambian sprinter and football player who won Gold in African Games in September 2015. She is the striker and captain of the Zambia women's national football team, Shepolopolo and she represented Zambia at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics in women's athletics.

Football career

Mupopo started playing association football as an 11-year-old, inspired by her brother.[1] She played for Green Buffaloes F.C. and the Zambia women's national football team; as team captain, she led Zambia to the 2014 African Women's Championship tournament, where they were eliminated in the group stage.[1][2]

Athletics

Mupopo picked up athletics in 2014, running 53.44 for 400 metres in her first official meeting.[1][3] She represented Zambia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where she ran 53.09 and was eliminated in the semi-finals.[1][4] In August, she took silver in 51.21 at the African Championships in Marrakech, breaking the Zambian record; she lost the gold to Nigeria's Folashade Abugan, who ran the same time, in a photo-finish.[5] Mupopo qualified to represent Africa at the 2014 IAAF Continental Cup, also in Marrakech, where she placed fourth and improved her national record to 50.87.[1][4] Mupopo received an 18-month athletics scholarship from the Zambian Olympic Committee in 2015, leading her to concentrate on athletics and not football.[6][7]

Mupopo debuted in the IAAF Diamond League in Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix in May 2015, placing seventh in 51.88.[8] In July 2015 she ran 50.86 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, improving her national record by one-hundredth of a second.[4] She was selected for the 2015 World Championships in Beijing.[9]

Rio 2016 Olympics

She is represented Zambia at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. On Saturday 13 August she qualified to the semi-finals at the round 1 women's 400m where she was placed in lane six of heat seven and finished second clocking 51:76 seconds behind Jamaican Shericka Jackson, who was only three mili-seconds faster.[10]

On Sunday 14 August she failed to qualify for the women's 400 meters final when she came out in 7th position in the semi finals with a time of 52.04. She finished three second behind the qualifying threshold set by Shaunae Muller of Bahamas.[11]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Mupopo: Football is my passion, I enjoy athletics too". Confederation of African Football. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Zulu, Cecilia (16 October 2014). "She-polopolo cry". Zambia Daily Mail. Retrieved 16 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Kunda, Robinson (19 September 2014). "Mupopo qualifies for Diamond League". Zambia Daily Mail. Retrieved 16 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Tilastopaja profile for Kabange Mupopo
  5. Mulkeen, Jon (12 August 2014). "Redemption for Makwala at African Championships". International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Retrieved 16 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Zambia: Kabange Gives Tips to Shepolopolo". Times of Zambia. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Shepolopolo captain Kabange gets NOC scholarship". Times of Zambia. 8 March 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Mupopo in shock defeat". Zambia Daily Nation. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "2015 Beijing Provisional Entry List". IAAF. Retrieved 16 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Mupopo sprints to semis], Zambia Daily Mail, 14 August 2016
  11. Mupopo fails to qualify for 400 meters finals, LusakaTimes, 15 August 2016

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