Para-athlete adds to Namibia’s gold in track and field events

14 Dec 2018 13:20pm
By Hesron Kapanga
WINDHOEK, 14 DEC (NAMPA) – T11 Para-athlete Bernardo ‘The Bullet’ Immanuel won Namibia’s third gold medal at the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five, Under-20 Youth Games Thursday night.
Immanuel and his guide David Ndailenge ran a personal best time of 23.25 seconds in the T11, 200 metre (m) race to win his second gold medal at the games taking place in Gaborone, Botswana.
He also won gold in the T11, 100m race on Tuesday.
Thursday was the last day for events for athletes with visual impairments at the competition.
Other visually impaired athletes who also won medals for Namibia on the day are Christopher Marungu who won silver in the T12, 400m race, while Amos Fillemon won bronze in the T13, 400m race.
Namibia’s team of athletes with visual impairments finished the competition with five medals - two gold, one silver and two bronze.
Memory Kahlari, the para-athletes’ team manager at the competition, told Nampa on Thursday she was happy that despite having a small group of athletes in the competition, they managed to walk away with medals.
“We only brought 13 athletes, who are inexperienced, and I am happy that despite being inexperienced, they managed to run their personal best time at this competition.”
“Bernardo is one of our more experienced athletes at the event and he led by example by winning two gold medals, which is also really good for his growth,” she said.
Kahlari added that with more training some of the athletes who competed at the Youth Games will become assets for Team Namibia.
“We are working on building a team for the future. The experienced gained by these young athletes will help them going forward and they will possibly be our prospect medallists for the 2024 Paralympic Games,” Kahlari said.
Besides three medals won by the track and field team, Team Namibia also got three bronze medals from boxing on the day.
The Namibian boxers lost out in their semi-final fights and were then rewarded with bronze medals for reaching that stage of the competition.