Benson wins gold at London Athletics Grand Prix

25 Jul 2016 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 24 JUL (NAMPA) – Johanna Benson won gold in the T37 400 metre race at the London Athletics Grand Prix on Saturday.
The Paralympic gold medallist ran a time of one minute, eight seconds (1.08.51 seconds) to shake off her competitors in the 400m race at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
Benson beat two competitors from Germany and France. Athletes who compete at the London event take part on invitation only and Benson was the only athlete who was invited to represent Namibia at this major event.
A statement availed to Nampa on Saturday by the Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC) said Benson gave it her all, in the process breaking her personal best time of 1.09.98 seconds.
“It was a well-executed race which came with a whopping US. dollars 2 000 in prize money for first place,” read the statement.
Benson was quoted in the statement as saying winning was a personal achievement for her and good motivation for her preparation for the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“It was like it was not me running in that race, I only realised it when crossing the finish line… It is not easy for me and my teammates when we are competing against the best in the world who are better funded in sport than we are, but it will always be an honour to represent Namibia, the Land of the Brave,” she said.
Benson also won gold in the T37 100m at the Berlin Grand Prix in Germany recently.
The annual London Athletics Grand Prix was the final grand prix before the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Brazil’s Rio De Janeiro during September.