Hosts Uganda claimed their fifth straight win today ©FISU

Defending champions South Africa and hosts Uganda recorded emphatic victories as action continued at the World University Netball Championship in Kamapla.

South Africa, aiming to retain the title they clinched in Miami two years ago, inflicted a crushing 9-17 defeat on Kenya at the

The result saw the pre-tournament claim their fifth consecutive victory at the event in the Ugandan capital.

It followed huge wins over Singapore, the United States, Sri Lanka and Kenya.

Uganda are seen by many as the only team capable of beating the dominant South Africans and they maintained their 100 per cent start with a thumping 104-10 win against Zimbabwe.

Uganda also have five victories to their name, with only South Africa left to play.

The host nation and the defending champions will clash for the gold medal tomorrow.

Elsewhere, the United States secured their first World University Netball Championship triumph in their history as they defeated Singapore              44-37.

“For us this has been yet another learning point,” said Netball America President Sonya Ottaway.

“Most of the girls on this team have hardly played netball for a year.”

Singapore later bounced back with a 62-37 win over Sri Lanka, who were also beaten 62-33 by Kenya in the round-robin tournament.

The event in Kampala concludes with the final set of matches tomorrow.