Shikongo wins bronze in 400m at Paralympic Games

18 Sep 2016 10:40am
By Hesron Kapanga
RIO DE JANEIRO, 18 SEP (NAMPA) – Paralympic sprinter Ananias Shikongo and his guide Sem Shimanda won the fifth medal for Namibia at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Saturday night.
They won the medal in the men’s T11, 400 metre (m) after finishing third behind World champion Gerard Puigdevall Descarrega of Spain and his guide Marcos Exposito Blanquino, who won that race with a European record of 50.22 seconds.
Home favourite Felipe Gomes finished second with a personal best of 50.38 seconds.
Shikingo who ran his personal best of 50.63 secured his third medal at the competition.
Speaking to Nampa after his race, Shikongo said he has shown the world that Namibians can compete on the global stage.
“I started indicating to the world that I am ready when I won three gold medals at the All Africa Games last year. I am proud of the job done by my guides because I managed to do well in all the races I competed in, which shows that we work well together.
“I will continue working hard as the competition is getting tougher,” he said.
His guide Shimanda said these were his first Paralympic Games and he was proud to win a medal, saying that it is also good for Namibia with regards to rankings after the competition.
Team Namibia has now won five medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games - Johannes Nambala’s two silvers and Shikongo’s gold and two bronze.
Nine athletes represented 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).
The Games end on Sunday.