Namibian Para-athlete Johannes Nambala on Monday night dominated headlines in the peninsular Arab country of Qatar, when he clinched top honours in the men’s T13 200m race at the ongoing International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championship in Doha.
In what the Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC) secretary general, Michael Hamukwaya, described as a fierce battle, Nambala delivered a courageous performance to shake off unwanted attention from his competitors – winning the race in an impressive time of 21.74 seconds.
Australia’s Perris Chad finished in second place to claim silver with his time of 21.82 seconds, leaving Poland’s Mateusz Michalski trailing in third place to take the bronze medal after crossing the line in 21.92 seconds. With his winning time of 21.74 seconds, Nambala also set a new Africa record, while Chad’s time is now the new Oceania record and Michalski’s is his personal best time.
At the 2013 IPC World Championship in Lyon, France, Nambala won gold and silver medals in the T13 200m and 400m races.On the left is silver medalist Chad Perris of Australia and bronze medalist Mateusz Michalski of Poland after the men’s 200m T13 final at Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium.