Namibia seventh in Africa at Paralympic Games

19 Sep 2016 09:10am
RIO DE JANEIRO, 19 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibia ended seventh overall out of the more than 40 African countries that participated in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The games that started on 07 September ended on Sunday, with a closing ceremony at the Maracaña stadium.
Namibia won five medals overall to beat their all-time record of three medals since the Namibia National Paralympic Committee (NPC) joined the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in 1999.
Johannes Nambala and Ananias Shikongo collectively won five medals.
Nambala won two silvers in the men’s T13, 100 and 400 metre (m), while Shikongo won a gold and two bronze medals in the men’s T11, 100m, 200m and 400m categories to get the tally of five medals.
Nigeria were the overall African winners with 12 medals of which eight were gold, followed by South Africa with 17 medals (seven gold). Algeria was third with 16 medals (four gold); Egypt fourth with 12 medals (three gold); Morocco fifth with seven medals (three gold) and Kenya sixth with six medals (three gold).
Overall South Africa won more medals, but was ranked lower than Nigeria because they won less gold medals.
In the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Namibia occupied second place behind South Africa.
Mozambique was third with only one bronze medal from their sole representative at the games.
In the overall world rankings, team Namibia finished 53rd on the team standings but 47th on the medal standings from the 159 countries that participated.
Nine athletes represented Namibia at this year’s games in athletics, swimming and powerlifting.
Ananias Shikongo won three medals in the T11, 100 metre (bronze), 200m (gold) and 400m (bronze) categories.
Johannes Nambala only competed in two events and won two silvers in the T13, 200m and 400m.
Johanna Benson finished seventh in the T37, 100m; last in the 400m and sixth in long jump.
Elias Ndimulunde did not make the final of the men’s T13, 100m event after picking up a hamstring injury and finishing last.
Lahja Ishitile did not win any medals in the T11, 100m, 200m and 400m races but she set African records in the T11, 100m with a time of 12.59 seconds and T11, 200m with a time of 25.37 seconds, which was also her personal best.
She also set an African record in the 400m race with a time of 58.97 seconds.
Moses Tobias also did not win a medal as he did not progress to the next round of the T11, 200m.
Aloisius Martin did not make it through the T12, 400m after he was disqualified for not keeping in his lane from start to finish during the heats. He finished 13th in the long jump.
Gideon Nasilowski, the first Namibian swimmer to compete at the Paralympic Games, finished last in his heat.
Ruben Soroseb, who competed in his third Paralympic Games, finished ninth during the final of that event.
The next edition of the Paralympic Games takes place in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.