28 Aug 2019 17:50pm
By Hesron Kapanga
BENSLIMANE, 28 AUG (NAMPA) Vera Adrian, Namibias Individual Time Trial (ITT) and Road Race bronze medallist at the African Games (AG) said she is proud to be on the podium for her country at the biggest continental championships.
Adrian won a bronze medal for team Namibia in the ITT on Monday and a bronze in the road race on Wednesday to bring Namibias medal tally at the AG to six.
All the six medals, which are two gold, one silver and three bronze, came from the cycling sport code.
The Namibian cyclist, who was in a sprint of 16 riders, crossed the line behind Maroesjka Matthee of South Africa, who won the race, and Aurelie Halbwachs from Mauritius, who came second.
All the three riders completed the 65-kilometre route in a time of one hour, 45 minutes and 15 seconds (1:45:15).
Speaking to Nampa after the race that was held in Benslimane, Morocco, Adrian said the two medals are her first at an international competition.
It was not easy riding without a teammate as all the countries had partners apart from me. Im a little bit sad that I only settled for third place but at the same time I must be grateful that I made it to the podium, because I really trained hard for this, she said.
She added that an opportunity of being in the leading pack opened up when the peloton split at about 20 kilometres in the race after some athletes crashed.
The route for the race was okay but the wind and surface of the road was a bit rough, which made it hard to race despite the route itself not being hard. I had a good opportunity of being on the podium when a crash happened, which then split the cyclists, she said.
Adrian stated that her goal is to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games for Namibia, noting that nothing is secured at the moment.
I will see how many points I will gain from this competition and then see what other competitions to compete in at the end of October, which will possibly get us as a country a qualification spot at the Olympics, she said.
The male category road race of over 155 kilometres will be held at the same venue on Thursday morning.