21 Sep 2015 18:10pm
By Hesron Kapanga
KINTELE, 21 SEP (NAMPA) Namibia ended seventh overall out of 50 countries at the All Africa Games (AAG) which closed in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo on Saturday.
Namibia won five gold medals, four silvers and six bronze. All gold medals were won by Namibias athletes with disabilities.
At the 2011 AAG held in Maputo, Mozambique, Namibia won seven medals - one gold, one silver and five bronze.
Egypt are overall winners of the 2015 AAG with 235 medals of which 92 are gold, followed by Nigeria with 175 medals (59 gold); South Africa third with 129 medals (44 gold); Algeria fourth with 140 medals (43 gold); Tunisia fifth with 103 medals (34 gold) and Senegal sixth with 38 medals (eight gold).
Mauritius, Cameroon and Congo collected the same number of gold medals as Namibia but were placed lower than Namibia they won less silver medals.
Mauritius occupy eighth place with 12 medals (five gold, three silver and four bronze), while Cameroon collected 20 medals (five gold, two silver and 13 bronze).
The home nation ended 10th with 19 medals (five gold, two silver and 12 bronze).
A team of 79 Namibian athletes competed in nine sports codes, including sports for the disabled, from 04 to 19 September 2015.
TRACK AND FIELD FOR ATHLETES WITH DISABILITIES
Ananias Shikongo won three gold medals in the T11 100 metre (m), 200m and 400m, Johannes Nambala won one gold in the T13 400m, and Johanna Benson one gold in the T37 100m.
Lahja Ishitile finished third in the T11 200m race, earning her a bronze medal.
TRACK AND FIELD FOR ABLE-BODIED ATHLETES
Namibias 4X100 relay team of Jesse Uri-Khob, Hitjivirue Kaanjuka, Even Tjiviju and Dantago Gurirab won silver, while Tjipekapora Herunga won bronze in 400m and Lilanne Klaasman bronze in 400m hurdles.
Daniela Lindemeier won three bronze medals in 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and 50m breaststroke.
Mathias Hamunyela and Junius Jonas won two silver medals in the Light Flyweight 49 kilogramme (kg) category and Light Welterweight (64 kg), respectively.
The mens team consisted of Dan Craven, Costa Seibeb, Michael Pretorius, Johannes Hamunyela, Xavier Papo and Gerhard Mans.
In the team event, the male team of Craven, Hamunyela, Pretorius and Papo ended 13th.
The female team of Vera Adrian, Michelle Vorster, Irene Steyn and Chelna Neethling ended fourth overall.
Namibias table tennis players were eliminated in the group stages of the singles and team events.
Mariska Kuschke and Jessica Riedel reached the quarterfinals of the tournament but could not book semi-final spots.
The other players won a game or two, but could not progress to the next round of the competition.
All Namibian karateka were knocked out of the competition in the first stage of the competition. In the team event, Namibia was eliminated in its first match by Senegal.
Gymnasts Katja Serrer and Annelise Koster qualified for the finals of the AAG uneven bars and balance beams.
In the finals, Koster ended sixth, while Serrer ended seventh out of eight participants.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, Team Namibia Chef de Mission Roger Kambatuku said he was happy with the team's achievements in Brazzaville.
We did not prepare very well due to financial difficulties, but the team really did us proud. This might even be the best Namibia has performed at a multiple sports event since Independence (1990).
The director and sports officers in the ministry are happy with the commitment athletes showed at the games despite getting their preparation monies, which was even not enough, too late. We are now looking forward to our future events and we hope we will start preparing in time and do better, he said.
Namibia did not take a big team like other countries. Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Republic of Congo, Egypt, Algeria, Senegal, Cameroon and Angola had more than 250 athletes each.
The next edition of the AAG will be held in Lusaka, Zambia in 2019.