Benson has paved the way: Shikongo

12 Sep 2016 07:50am
By Hesron Kapanga
RIO DE JANEIRO, 12 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibia’s 2016 Paralympic bronze medallist Ananias Shikongo has thanked Johanna Benson for paving the way for athletes with disabilities when she won gold and silver medals at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
Shikongo won Namibia’s second medal in the men’s T11, 100 metre here on Sunday after Johannes Nambala won silver in the men’s T13, 100m category on Friday.
Shikongo, who finished seventh at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, said Benson’s medals led to the Namibian Government pumping more money into disability sport.
“It was really tough in the past being a disabled athlete because we never prepared for competitions very well, but since one of our girls won a gold and silver medal in London our government started putting more money into our sport.
“We do not miss out on competitions and we train on time because we have funds for that,” he said.
Credit should also be given to their coaches who encourage them, said the sprinter.
Shikongo will compete in the 200m on Tuesday at 23h30 Namibian time.
Benson won a gold medal in the T37, 200m and a silver medal in the 100m in 2012, but missed out on a medal in the final of the 100m here on Friday.
She finished seventh with a personal best time of 14.16 seconds. Her next race is on Monday in the 400m and long jump on Wednesday.
Benson will not be competing in the 200m category as it was not included in this year’s games.
Nine athletes are representing Namibia at this year’s games in athletics, swimming and powerlifting.