Namibian female cycling team ends fourth at AAG

11 Sep 2015 11:10am
KINTELE, 10 SEP (NAMPA) – The Namibian female cycling team ended fourth at the All Africa Games (AAG) underway in Brazzaville, Congo.
The team of Vera Adrian, Irene Eliza Steyn, Michelle Vorster and Chelna Neethling finished the 24 kilometre race in 37 minutes and 45.64 seconds (37:45.64).
Nigeria won the race in 37:12.19 seconds followed by South Africa (37:16.62) and Ethiopia (37:22.28).
“Our aim was to get at least a medal. We are disappointed with the results, because we worked very hard together as a team.
“Nigeria was surprised winners for us, because we did not even know how strong a team they were ahead of the race. But we are now looking ahead to other events that we will participate in from tomorrow onwards,” team manager Marie-Jeanne Ndimbira told Nampa.
The cyclists will now participate in individual races on Friday and Sunday.
Meanwhile, the men’s cycling team ended 13th out of 18 teams that competed on Friday. One of Namibia’s riders, Xavier Renzo Papo, crashed five km away from the starting point.
The team consisted of Papo, Johannes Hamunyela, Michael Pretorius and Dan Craven.
Namibia won seven medals - one gold, one silver and five bronze – at the 2011 AAG held in Maputo, Mozambique.