The Namibia elite Paralympic team gave a decent account of themselves at the just-ended South African Open Athletics Championship at the Mangaung athletics stadium in Bloemfontein.
The Namibia Paralympics Committee (NPC) selected for participation 12 athletes that previously made the standard A and B Paralympics qualifying times at various events.
The competition was also graced by a few South Africa elite able-bodied athletes, such as Wayde van Niekerk (the current 400m world champion) and Aron Mokeana, as well as other former Olympians and world champions.
Some of Namibia’s top able-bodied athletes also graced the event, led by 400m specialist Ernest Narib, Herdie Marizt (400m hurdles), Roger Haitenge (triple jump specialist) and upcoming athlete FC Peterson, to mention just a few.
The championship was sanctioned by the IAAF and IPC as an Olympic and Paralympic Games qualifier and provided athletes with an opportunity to improve or make the qualifying times in the hope of qualifying for Rio 2016.
The Paralympic elite athletics team collected 7 gold medal, 5 silver, 4 bronze a total of 16 medal overall. The winners are as follows:
Johanna Benson (T37) silver medal in 400m 1.09.03; gold in 100m 14.90; silver in long jump 3.76m.
Ishitile Lahjia (T11) bronze medal in 400m 1.04.92; gold in 200m 27.45s.
Ananias Shikongo (T11) gold in 100m 11.69; gold in 200m 23.76; gold in 400m 51.85.
Elias Ndimulunde (T46) gold in 400m 50.73s.
Johannes Nambala (T13) gold in 400m 50.21s; silver in 100m 11.32s.
Aloisius Martin (T12) bronze in 400m 53.22s; silver in long jump 5.49m.
Ringo Gareab (T46) bronze in 400m 53.52s.
Moses Tobias (T11) silver in 200m 25.05s; bronze in 100m 12.15s PB.
Eino Mushila (T13) silver in 400m 55.28s.