Shikongo wins gold at Paralympic Games

16 Sep 2016 09:10am
RIO DE JANEIRO, 16 SEP (NAMPA) – Paralympic sprinter Ananias Shikongo and his guide Even Tjiviju won the fourth medal for Namibia at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Thursday night.
They won the medal in the men’s T11, 200 metre (m) after beating defending champion Felipe Gomes from Brazil and his guide Jonas de Lima Silva with a new improved Paralympic record of 22.44 seconds.
Shikongo qualified for the final after winning heat one of the T11, 200m semi-finals with a Paralympic record time of 22.48 seconds Wednesday morning.
The gold won on Thursday is the second for the Namibian sprinter.
He also won bronze in the T11, 100 metre on Sunday with a regional record of 11.11 seconds. Shikongo was behind world record holder David Brown of America who won gold with a new Paralympic record of 10.99 seconds in the race. Home favourite Felipe Gomes finished second.
Speaking to Nampa after his 200m race, Shikongo said he feels like he is on top of the world and proud to win gold for Namibia.
“I came here to show the world that we work very hard in Namibia. I promised gold in the 200m and I delivered it with a new Paralympic record, which is a good thing for me as an athlete.
“I will continue working hard as the competition is getting hard and everyone would want to beat me now when we get to other competitions,” he said.
His guide Tjiviju added that the race was tough. He said running as Ananias’ guide is always a tough job as he has to be at the top of his game.
“I am happy to win a Paralympic gold medal with Ananias. We have been working really hard for this and as a guide I am forced to always be at the top of my fitness game because Ananias is a really fast guy.
“With this gold I am now motivated as an athlete to also work hard on realising my dream of one day competing in the Olympics,” said Tjiviju.
Team Namibia has now won four medals so far at the 2016 Paralympic Games - Johannes Nambala’s two silvers and Shikongo’s gold and bronze.
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).