By Hesron Kapanga KINTELE, 17 SEP (NAMPA) -
Namibian sprinter Johanna Benson on Thursday won a gold medal at the 11th All Africa Games (AAG) underway in Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo.
Benson won the medal in the T37 100 metre (m) race in which all athletes have movement and coordination problems on one half of their body. She ran a time of 14.39 seconds to finish first ahead of Neda Bahl of Tunisia who came second with 14.64 seconds. Only Benson and Bahl participated in the T37 100m race.
Some of the athletes in that category did not attend this AAG while those who did, are nursing injuries picked up while training.
"With the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) rules, they do not accredit a race when there are only two athletes, but we were told this race has already been sanctioned to take place at the AAG and these results will stand. ?So, we can now say we have won three golds so far with Paralympics," said Michael Hamukwaya, Namibia Paralympics Committee Secretary-General.
Benson was the first Namibian to win a Paralympic gold medal when she triumphed in the T37 200m at the London Games in 2012. She won bronze in the T37 100m and 200m at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics.
Benson holds the African record in the women's T37 100m and 200m. Namibia has so far won 11 medals - three gold, three silver and five bronze - at the 11th All Africa Games. 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.