19 Jul 2017 08:00am
By Hesron Kapanga
LONDON, 19 JUL (NAMPA) Johannes Nambala won Namibias second medal in the 2017 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics Championships after finishing second in the 200 metre (m) final Tuesday night.
Nambala clocked 21.81 seconds while winner, Jason Smyth of Ireland, ran a seasonal best of 21.40 seconds to successfully defend his title in the T13 category.
Nambala told Nampa after the race he was glad to have won a medal after missing out on one in the 100m Sunday.
I was really close to Jason but he was too quick on the bend and I almost gave up, but when I saw the guy from Poland (Mateusz Michalski) coming close to me I continued pushing. I am happy to have finished second even if I wanted that gold medal too, he said.
Michalski finished third with a personal best of 21.86 seconds.
Ananias Shikongo and his guide Even Tjiviju won the first medal (silver) for Namibia on Saturday in the mens T11, 100m.
Nambala now turns his attention to the 400m which takes place Friday.
Namibian rookie to the world championships, Eino Mushila, will run in the same race with Nambala.
Mushila finished last in Heat One of the T13, 200m with a personal best time of 24.72 seconds on Monday.
Shikongo and Tjivuju will compete in the T11, 200m heats on Thursday.
The championships started in London last Friday and end on Sunday.
This major international multi-sport event involves athletes with a range of physical disabilities, and in a few events, those with intellectual disabilities and is governed by the IPC.