Lindermeier wins first medal for Namibia

08 Sep 2015 08:30am
By Hesron Kapanga
KINTELE, 08 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibian swimmer Daniela Lindemeier won her country’s first medal at the 11th All Africa Games underway in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.
She won a bronze medal on Monday in the 200 metre breaststroke, finishing in a time of two minutes and 34.23 seconds (02:34.23).
“I am very pleased to be the first athlete to win a medal for my country. It was not easy but I did my best. In Maputo (Mozambique) in 2011, I reached all the finals but failed to win even one medal.
“I still have other events that I will participate in and I am not promising any medals, but I will try my level best to at least improve my times since I am short of only one second to qualify for the Olympics,” Lindemeier told Nampa after the event.
She will compete in 200m butterfly, 100m breaststroke and 50m breaststroke this week.
Another Namibian swimmer, Jörn Diekmann, came seventh in the qualifying heats of the 200m breaststroke for men and failed to make it to the final.
He will still participate in 100m butterfly, 400m freestyle and 50m freestyle.
The 11 AAG commenced on Friday and ends on 19 September. Namibia is represented by 79 athletes in swimming, boxing, athletics, cycling, karate, tennis, table tennis, gymnastics and sports for the disabaled.
About 8 000 athletes from 54 countries are participating in this edition of the games.
Namibia won seven medals - one gold, one silver and five bronze – at the 2011 AAG held in Maputo, Mozambique.