Injury kills Ndimulunde's medal hopes

15 Sep 2016 10:10am
RIO DE JANEIRO, 15 SEP (NAMPA) - Elias Ndimulunde’s has been declared unfit to compete in the T47, 400 metre (m) dash at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday.
Ndimulunde pulled a hamstring in the heats of the 100m race here on Saturday and subsequently ended last.
The team’s physiotherapist, Benny Obermuller told this news agency earlier the athlete had made good progress, but he would monitor him closely ahead of Friday’s event.
He was however declared unfit to compete by Dr Leandro Siqueira of the Paralympic Games on Wednesday.
Ndimulunde, who won a silver medal in the 400m event at the 2015 All Africa Games, told Nampa he was disappointed that his injury is hampering his participation in the Paralympic Games.
Meanwhile, Namibian athlete Johannes Nambala will on Thursday compete in the final of the men’s T13, 400m at 17h12, while Ananias Shikongo will compete in the T11, 200m final at 22h51 and Lahja Ishitile will be the last athlete from Namibia to compete on the day in the women’s T11, 400m at 00h52, Namibian time.
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).