Athletes with disabilities win five more medals at Berlin GP

19 Jul 2016 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JUL (NAMPA) – Namibia’s athletes with disabilities won five more medals on Sunday at the Berlin Grand Prix in Germany.
These include three golds, one silver and one bronze.
On Saturday, they won nine medals (six gold, two silver and one bronze).
Seven Namibian athletes with disabilities and four guides participated at 2016 Berlin Open Grand Prix organised by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) annually.
On Sunday, Ananias Shikongo destroyed the field to win T11 200m race.
Lahja Ishitile also won gold in the T11 200m final, as well as Namibia’s visual impaired relay team. The team is made up of Johannes Nambala, Tobias with guide Andre Oberholster, Martin Aloisius, and Shikongo with guide Even Tjiviju.
Aloisius won silver in the T12 long jump with a jump of 6.34 metres to give him an A qualifying standard for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in September this year.
Tobias Moses and his guide Oberholzer won bronze in the T11 200m category.
The Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC) expressed satisfaction with the athletes’ performance at the Berlin Grand Prix.
“The National Paralympic Committee is very happy with the result as the athletes are starting to look good and running good times just before the Rio Paralympic Games. This result will also give our athletes confidence. It was a good opportunity to race against their rivals as we do not have many competitions to compete against these guys worldwide,” read the statement from the NPC.
Namibia had seven athletes in Berlin: Shikongo, Elias Ndimulunde, Johannes Nambala, Martin Aloisius, Moses, Benson, and Ishitile.
The guides are David Ndeilenga, Orberholster, Sem Simanda and Tjiviju.