08 Sep 2016 21:30pm
REPLACING 2015 WITH 2016 IN FOURTH LAST PARA
By Hesron Kapanga
RIO DE JANEIRO, 08 SEP (NAMPA) Paralympic sprinter Lahja Ishitile and her guide David Ndeilenga qualified for the next round of the womens T11 100metre (m) race of the 2016 Paralympic Games currently underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Ishitile was the first Namibian to compete after the event opened Wednesday.
She finished second in heat four behind Geber Santos of Brazil and her guide Guilherme Soares. They ran 12.34 seconds.
Ishitile set a regional record of 12.59 seconds. She will run in heat one of the semi-finals on Friday 16h42 Namibian time.
Speaking to Nampa after the race Ishitile said she was happy with her achievement on the day and is hoping to improve in her next race.
I just joined the team on Monday from Namibia and did not train for a week while I was in Namibia because I had to fix my passport. I am happy that despite not training for a week, I still managed to get through to the next round.
I am now looking forward to the next heat so I can possibly improve on what I did today, despite having tough competitors in the group, she said.
Another Namibian athlete who competed on the day was Aloisius Martin, but he was disqualified for not keeping in his lane from start to finish during heat two of the T12 400m.
The two runners are part of nine Namibians at the Paralympics which run from 07 to 18 September 2016.
The major international multi-sport event involves athletes with a range of disabilities and is governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
Other Namibian track and field athletes in action Thursday are Johannes Nambala in the mens T13 100m round one, heat one at 00h19 Namibian time and Johanna Benson, who will be the last one to compete on the day in the womens T37 100m round one, heat one at 00h51 Namibian time.
Team Namibia returned with two medals - one gold and one silver, both won by Benson - from the 2012 Paralympic Games held in London.