Namibian athletes find tough at Commonwealth Youth Games

10 Sep 2015 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 10 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibian athletes are yet to win a medal at the fifth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games underway in Samoa.
The Games are taking place on the Pacific island nation from 05 to 11 September 2015.
Athletes between 14 and 18 years old are participating.
A statement availed to Nampa on Wednesday by representatives accompanying Team Namibia, said two track and field athletes came close to winning medals at the competition on Tuesday.
In the women’s high jump competition, Siranda Horn just missed out on a podium position after coming fourth. She cleared 1.65 metres (m) with her best attempt, just 9 centimetres short of the bronze medal place that went to Paige Wilson of Australia (1.74m).
The English pair of Niamh Emerson (1.80m) and Adaora Chigbo (1.77m) took the first and second places, respectively.
Namibia’s Nico Horn ended fourth place in javelin throw.
His best throw was measured at 61.78m. The winning throw came from Mohd Hadeesh of India with an incredible distance of 79.29m, more than 10m better than second-placed George Davies of England (68.23m). The third place went to an, Australian Luke Giacca (67.91m).
Namibia’s female swimmer, Sonja Adelaar ended 13th in the 100m freestyle with a time of 59.93 seconds.
This year’s athletes compete for 107 gold medals in nine sports codes including athletics, lawn bowling, boxing, rugby and squash.
The Commonwealth Youth Games are a small-scale version of the Commonwealth Games, designed for the youth of the 71 Commonwealth countries.
The first Games were held in Scotland in August 2000, where 733 athletes from 14 countries competed in eight sports codes over three days.