Gaining experience very important for Ishitile

09 Sep 2016 08:00am
RIO DE JANEIRO, 09 SEP (NAMPA) - Paralympic sprinter Lahja Ishitile’s guide David Ndeilenga said he was surprised by Ishitile’s performance on the opening day of the track and field events of the Paralympic Games.
The 2016 Paralympic Games started in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Wednesday and ends 18 September.
Ishitile qualified for the next round of the women’s T11 100metre (m) race on Wednesday after finishing second in heat four behind Geber Santos of Brazil and her guide Guilherme Soares.
She set a regional record of 12.59 seconds, which is also her personal best.
She will now run in heat one of the semi-finals on Friday 16h42, Namibian time.
Speaking to Nampa after the race, Ndeilenga said he was happy with Ishitile’s achievement on the day and he is hoping they will do better throughout the competition.
“Lahja and I did not train together for a week since we came to Brazil first and left her behind in Windhoek. I was surprised that after getting on to the track with her today she could run that fast.
“It is a good sign of growth and I am hopeful that with the experience she gains over the years she will become a champion in track events,” he said.
He added that in sports people should expect the unexpected, but gaining experience is their main goal at the moment.
“We won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 but this is our first Paralympic Games and we are just looking forward to gaining as much experience as possible.
“Winning a medal is at the moment just a wish but when we get on to the field again we will do all we can to compete with the other athletes,” stated Ndeilenga.
Apart from the T11 100m, Ishitile will also compete in the 200 and 400m sprints.
Team Namibia returned with two medals - one gold and one silver, both won by Johanna Benson - from the 2012 Paralympic Games held in London.