Namibian cyclists happy with performance at AG

25 Aug 2019 13:20pm
By Hesron Kapanga
BENSLIMANE, 25 AUG (NAMPA) – Namibia’s Mountain Bike riders Tristan de Lange, Alex Miller and Xavier Papo have expressed happiness with their performance in the Mountain Bike events at the African Games underway in Morocco.
De Lange, who won two gold medals in the Mountain Bike Race and Mountain Bike Marathon told Nampa on Saturday that he was proud of wearing the Namibian colours and bringing medals home.
“My goal has never changed and it will never change. I want to represent Namibia at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and I will continue working hard just like I did before I came to these games,” he said.
Winning a gold at the AG, he added, was never part of his plans but he couldn’t be prouder after winning it.
“I am happy that we represented our country well in the mountain bike events but we still have a tough competition ahead in the road race, as team Namibia we will do all we can to continue representing our country well,” De Lange said.
Miller who won a silver and bronze medal in the same events also expressed: “I am happy that we did our best and won medals for team Namibia. Our attention will now turn to the road race which will really be tough seeing that South Africa and Eretria has strong riders in this event.”
Xavier Papo who finished fourth in both events stated that finishing fourth at the continental level is one of the biggest highlights for his career as this is the first time that he has traveled out of the country for a competition and did well.
“It really feels good to ride with the best in Africa and finishing fourth in all my events,” he expressed.
Team coach Hans du Toit added that winning four medals as well as having three of their riders finishing in the top four of the mountain bikes events is exceptional.
The Individual Time Trial will be on Sunday for men and women while the women road race will be Wednesday and men’s race on Thursday.