Shikongo excited to reach final of Paralympics

11 Sep 2016 11:30am
By Hesron Kapanga
RIO DE JANEIRO, 11 SEP (NAMPA) – Paralympic sprinter Ananias Shikongo and his guide Even Tjiviju reached the final of the men’s T11, 100 metre (m) race of the 2016 Paralympic Games underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The two qualified by winning heat one of the semifinals in a time of 11.17 seconds on Saturday evening.
Shikongo told Nampa after the race that he was excited to reach the final.
“I am happy to reach the final today but I will not promise anything (medal) ahead of our race on Sunday because a lot of things can happen during the race. I am just wishing to still be a 100 per cent well so I can give my best when I step onto the track,” he said.
Tjiviju said he too hopes to be well for the final.
“I don’t want to promise anything as a guide but we have trained very well for this competition, and I am hopeful that we can run well tomorrow,” he said.
The T11, 100m final will be on Sunday at 00h02 Namibian time.
Meanwhile, Aloisius Martin finished 11th in the T12 long jump on Saturday. South Africa’s Hilton Langenhoven won the gold medal.
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 Johanna Benson.