Namibia wins first medals at AUSC

12 Dec 2016 10:10am
By Hesron Kapanga
LUANDA, 12 DEC (NAMPA) – Sandro Diergaardt and Anjone Swanepoel won Namibia’s first medals at the 2016 African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five Under-20 Youth Games currently underway in Luanda, Angola.
They won two bronze medals here on Sunday in discus and long jump.
Diergaardt won bronze after finishing third in long jump with a jump of 6.71 metre (m) behind Cloud Masibhera of Zimbabwe who won gold with a jump of 7.36, while his countrymen Chengetayi Mapaya took silver with a jump of 6.71m.
Swanepoel got Namibia’s second bronze medal of the competition after finishing behind Tharina van der Walt of South Africa and Wayne Nkomo of Zimbabwe in the discus throw.
Namibia is competing in football (women), Basketball (men), track and field, boxing, netball, swimming and tennis.
In other events that took place on Sunday, the Namibian netball team narrowly lost its second match of the competition against Zimbabwe by 24-32. They will now play Botswana in their third game of the competition on Monday.
In the boxing team, Martin Kambalili lost his second fight of the competition against Hannock Phiri of Malawi while Gabriel Immanuel also lost his fight against Malajika Ricardo of South Africa.
Tryagain Ndevelo and Erastus Jonas were the only Namibian boxers who progressed to the semi-finals of the competition on the day.
Namibia’s AUSC General Team manager, Musutua Tjeripo told Nampa that he was happy with the athletes’ performance and was looking forward to seeing them winning more medals for the country.