Namibia's Paralympic runners qualify for Rio relay

21 Jun 2016 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 21 JUN (NAMPA) - Four athletes with disabilities and two guides made history as the first Namibians to qualify for the 4x100 metres (m) relay at the Paralympic Games set for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in September.
They are Johannes Nambala; Moses Tobias with guide David Ndelenga; Martin Aloysius; and Ananias Shikongo with guide Sem Shimanda.
The team qualified at an athletics championship held in Madrid, Spain from the 16 to 19 June 2016.
A Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC) statement issued on Monday quoted NPC Secretary-General Michael Hamukwaya as saying it is a milestone for Namibian Paralympic sport.
“These were good results for the team and the entire delegation to Rio for the Paralympic Games. These athletes are in their own class. They are really hungry to compete among the best in the world.
“As a coach I am very happy to see their time improve with every race and it’s an honour to have the first relay team qualify for the Paralympic Games,” he said.
Meanwhile, Shikongo and his guide ran a season best when they won the T11 200m.
Tobias and his guide also ran an impressive race in the men’s T11 200m, smashing their personal best and at the same time achieving the A qualifying standard for the Rio games.
Aloysius came second in the T12 long jump, and had another impressive performance in second place in the T12 400m and achieved the A qualifying standard for Rio.
Nambala won the T13 100m and T13 400m.
Eino Mushila, who is still a novice at this level, came third in the 400m T13 and Tobias with his guide came fourth in the T11 400m.