Benson, Shikongo and Nambala makes Namibia proud



Team Namibia yesterday delivered another splendid performance at the just-concluded International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championships in Doha, Qatar, winning a total four medals.

With sprinter Johannes Nambala having already won the country’s first gold medal in the T13 200m event on Monday, Wednesday was a day of reckoning for Nambala, who again won a bronze medal in the T13 400m race after finishing in 48.68 seconds – his seasonal best in the T13 400m for the 2015 season.

With those two medals already in the bag going into Thursday’s events, this year’s All Africa Games gold medalist Ananias Shikongo was also in the thick of things, scooping a silver medal in the men’s T11 200m race after finishing just a few seconds behind Brazil’s Felipe Gomes, who took gold.

Moments later, Namibia Paralympics gold and silver medalist Johanna Benson added another bronze medal to Team Namibia’s medal tally when she finished third in the women’s T37 200m race.

Namibia is also represented by Martina Amutenya Aloisius, Reginald Benade, Theofekus David, Benjamin Kamuhanga, Simson Kariseb, Elias Ndimulunde, Etchegaray Nguluwe, Sem Shimanda, Lahja Ishitile, Albertina Johannes, Rosa Mandjoro and Frieda Nakanyala.

The 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships is the seventh edition of the event and started on October 21. It ends on October 31. This year’s championships will be the last major competition ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games set for September 07 to 18 next year.

The IPC Athletics World Championships features around 1 300 athletes from 90 countries. During the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France, Namibia won one gold, two silver and four bronze medals. –Nampa



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