Shikongo wins second gold medal for Namibia at AAG

17 Sep 2015 16:10pm


 By: Hesron Kapanga KINTELE, 17 SEP (NAMPA) ? Namibia?s Ananias Shikongo has won a second gold medal for his country at the 11th All Africa Games (AAG) underway in Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo. Shikongo, who has a visual impairment, won his second gold medal in the T11 200 metre race on Thursday morning. All athletes in the T11 class run blindfolded with the aid of a guide. He ran in a time of 23.00 seconds to finish first ahead of Rotawo Olusegun of Nigeria who came second with 23.68 seconds and Chamoleia Jose of Angola, who finished in third position with a time of 23.95 seconds. ?In the qualifiers I ran faster than today because I did 22.85 seconds. Today, we got a false start and I was afraid of jumping first because I could have gotten disqualified from the race if we had a wrong start again. ?I just feel happy that I still managed to win another gold medal for my country and still remained the African champion in my category,? he told Nampa. Shikingo on Tuesday won Namibia?s first gold medal at the 11th edition of the AAG when he completed the T11 100m final in 11:40 seconds. He won a silver and bronze medal at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Lyon, and is the current African T11 200m champion. In 2012, he was crowned Disabled Sportsman of the Year at the MTC/Namibia Sports Commission Sports Awards. He will still run in the T11 400m semi-finals on Thursday afternoon. Meanwhile, the 4x100 men?s relay team on Wednesday evening were also confirmed as the runner up from their Tuesday 4x100m race after Nigeria was disqualified for crossing the exchange lane. Namibia is now the silver medal winner; Ivory Coast gold and Zambia bronze. Namibia has so far won 10 medals ? two gold, three silver and five bronze at the 11th AAG. At the 2011 AAG held in Maputo, Mozambique, Namibia came back with seven medals - one gold, one silver and five bronze. The games end on Saturday. (NAMPA) HK/LI/AS