23 Mar 2016 14:40pm
By Hesron Kapanga
BLOEMFONTEIN, 23 MAR (NAMPA) Namibian T46 sprinter Albertina Johannes has potentially qualified for the 2016 Paralympic Games set for Rio de Janeiro in September.
She won gold in the 100 metre (m) here on Tuesday at the South Africa Sport Association for the Physically Disabled and Visually Impaired (SASAPD) national championships currently underway.
Johannes qualified for the Rio Games on the B standard qualification in a time of 14.25 seconds. The B standard is 14.60 seconds and the A standard is 13.60 seconds.
She also won gold in the 200m on Monday.
The T46 class is designated for athletes with limb deficiencies, such as amputations or dysmelia.
However, her trip to Rio is not guaranteed, because only the A standard qualifiers and only the best B standard qualifiers will go to Rio.
I am happy to finally qualify for the Paralympic Games but I would have been more happy if I ran the A standard, because with the B standard I might not make it to the games if a lot of athletes in my category qualify to the games with the A standard, she told Nampa on Tuesday.
Johannes said her aim is to win medals for Namibia in Rio and write her name in the history books of Namibian sport.
At the 2013 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Lyon, I disappeared in the group while running the 200m, but I am now ready to do my country proud.
I am going to start working hard now so that I can improve on my times and the only thing that I want to win at the Paralympic Games is gold. I also think in the future I should start running long distance, because I realised while running that I have a long stride and that will fit very well with 800m, said Johannes.
Other athletes who already qualified to the Paralympic Games are: Ruben Soroseb; Johanna Benson; Lahja Ishitile; Rosa Mandjoro; Moses Tobias; Johannes Nambala; Ananias Shikongo; Martin Aloysius; Reginald Benade; Nguluwe Etchegaray and Elias Ndimulunde.