By Hesron Kapanga KINTELE, 18 SEP (NAMPA) -
Team Namibia added two more gold medals to their haul when para-athletes, Johannes Nambala and Ananias Shikongo, came first in their respective races at the All Africa Games (AAG) on Thursday.
The games, which are taking place in Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo, started on 04 September and end Saturday. Shikongo and Nambala, who are both visually impaired, won gold in the T11 400 metre (m) and T13 400m events on Thursday afternoon respectively.
Athletes who compete in the T11 and T13 classes run blindfolded with the aid of a guide. Nambala ran a time of 48.49 seconds in the T13 400m to finish first ahead of Abdelatif Baka of Algeria, who came second with 48.68 seconds.
Demisse Timuru of Ethiopia finished third with a time of 49.61 seconds. In the T11 400m men?s event, Shikongo ran the best time of 51.63 seconds to record the best time of the two heats.
Chamoleia Jose of Angola came second after running 52.74 seconds and Kamani Samwel of Kenya finished third with a time of 53.19 seconds. Another medal winner for Namibia on Thursday evening was Elias Ndimulunde, who won silver in the men's T45-47 400m race.
"While preparing for this event, we were looking at winning five gold medals for Namibia and I am really happy to see that our athletes delivered on the goal we set up for ourselves. We are now hoping that going forward, we can have enough funds to start preparing early and win even more silverware for Namibia," said Michael Hamukwaya, the Secretary-General of the Namibia Paralympics Committee.
All Namibians have now completed the events they were set to compete in at the AAG.
Their performance has seen Namibia improve on its 2011 record at the games. Namibia has won 14 medals - five gold, four silver and five bronze - at the 11th All Africa Games.
Namibia came back with seven medals - one gold, one silver and five bronze - from the 2011 AAG held in Maputo, Mozambique.