Shikongo through to semi's of Paralympics

10 Sep 2016 18:10pm
By Hesron Kapanga
RIO DE JANEIRO, 10 SEP (NAMPA) – Paralympic sprinter Ananias Shikongo and his guide Even Tjiviju qualified for the next round of the men’s T11 100 metre (m) race of the 2016 Paralympic Games underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Shikongo was the first Namibian to compete on day four of the games here on Saturday morning.
He finished first in heat three, setting a regional record of 11.17 seconds.
He told Nampa after the race the heat was a “walk in the park” and he is looking forward to the semifinal later in the day.
“It was really easy to run in this race. The tough heat (semifinal) is coming in the evening when we will have to put in all our efforts to reach the final as we are here to win medals,” he said.
Tjiviju echoed Shikongo’s statement, adding nothing will stand in their way of running in the final.
Meanwhile, Elias Ndimulunde failed to proceed past heat two of the men’s T47, 100m. He had a poor start, pulled a hamstring a few metres before the finish line and ended last.
Aloisius Martin was still competing in the T12, long jump at the time of filing this story. He was placed 11th out of 12 jumpers.
Nine athletes are representing Namibia at this year’s games in athletics, swimming and powerlifting.
This major international multi-sport event involves athletes with a range of disabilities and is governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
Team Namibia returned with two medals from the 2012 Paralympic Games - one gold and one silver, both won by Benson.