Immanuel wins second gold for Team Namibia at Youth Games

12 Dec 2018 12:30pm
By Hesron Kapanga
GABORONE, 12 DEC (NAMPA) - Bernardo 'The Bullet' Immanuel, a T11 Para-athlete, won Namibia’s second gold medal at the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five, Under-20 Youth Games Tuesday night.
Immanuel and his guide David Ndailenge finished first in the T11, 100 metre (m) race to win Namibia’s second gold medal at the competition taking place in Gaborone, Botswana.
Natalie Louw won the first gold Tuesday morning in the long jump event. Louw jumped a distance of 5.70m to claim the gold from her teammate Chantell du Toit who came second with a distance of 5.49m.
Besides the two gold medals, Team Namibia raked in six more medals from long jump, discuss, swimming and volleyball.
Sandro Diergaardt won a silver medal in the men’s long jump after coming second with a jump of 7.25m behind a Zimbabwean athlete, who took gold with a jump of 7.79m.
Karlien Botha walked away with a bronze medal in the female discuss throw with a distance of 36.4m.
Meanwhile, the men’s volleyball team who competed in the championships for the first time as a sport code walked away with a bronze medal after going down to the host nation in their final match of the competition.
Botswana finished first on the log standing, while South Africa walked away with a silver medal and Namibia bronze for finishing third in the overall volleyball standing in the men’s event.
In swimming Namibian athletes added three more medals to the four they previously won.
Heleni Stergiadis won a bronze in the individual women’s 200m medley with a time of 2:28.50. Stergiadis also scooped bronze in the women’s 200m backstroke in a time of 2:28.14.
The Namibian 4x100m medley relay team won the country’s second silver medal with a time of 4:47.47. They finished behind South Africa, who set a new championship record of 4:25.44.
In the overall ranking, Namibia’s swimming team finished the competition in fourth place out of the six countries that competed in the event. They had seven medals - two silver and five bronze.
South Africa came first with 62 medals - 35 gold, 26 silver and one bronze. Botswana were second with 12 medals - one gold, five silver and six bronze, while Zimbabwe took third place with 18 medals, two silver and 16 bronze.