Namibian archers finish day one of competition on high

27 Aug 2019 18:20pm
By Hesron Kapanga
SALÉ, 27 AUG (NAMPA) – Namibia’s archery team comprised of 16-year-old Quinn Redding and 19-year-old Adriaan Grobler finished day one of the individual recurve competition on a high after impressive performances at the African Games (AG).
The archery competition kicked off in Salé, Morocco on Tuesday at the Moulay Rachid National Sports Centre.
On the opening day of the championships, Redding was in fine form as she topped the Women’s African ranking with 629 points in the 70-metre distance shoots, ahead of Reem Mansour of Egypt, who came second with 622 points.
Mira Elchammaa, also from Egypt, finished third with 608 points from the 24 women from 12 countries who competed on the day.
In the male category, Grobler finished in ninth position out of the 38 archers who competed in the individual men recurve.
With his 602 points, the Namibian was 54 points behind winner Youssof Tolba of Egypt’s 656 points.
The two Namibian athletes’ impressive performance at the AG gained them second spot in the mixed team events recurve of 1 231 points out of the 12 countries at the championships. Egypt took first spot on 1 278 points.
The medal shoot out for the mixed team recurve will be held on Thursday.
Speaking to Nampa after the event, team coach Frank Redding said he was happy with the athletes’ performance on the day but they still have a long way to go in the competition.
“We really did well today. I am happy to see that Redding did her personal best with the 629 points, which she has not done before even at home and Grobler had an off day, but despite that he still shot extremely well to finish ninth out of 38 archers in Africa. That is something we have to be proud of,” he said.
The coach added that they will now turn their attention to the individual and mixed team elimination events.
Grobler told Nampa that he was happy with the results on the day despite it not being his best.
“I had an off day. I know I can do better than this but I will take these results with a positive mind and see how I can improve on it as the competition progresses,” he said.