Namibian archers through to finals of mixed team event at African Games

29 Aug 2019 09:40am
By Hesron Kapanga
SALÉ, 29 AUG (NAMPA) – Namibia’s recurve mixed team on Wednesday reached the finals of the African Games’ archery competition after shrugging off stiff competition from South Africa and Ivory Coast at the Moulay Rachid National Sports Centre in Salé, Morocco.
Quinn Reddig and Adriaan Grobler are the two archers representing Namibia at the 2019 African Games.
Their impressive performance in the opening matches of the archery event on Tuesday earned them the second spot in the recurve mixed team events.
The high scores in the women and men’s individual recurve gained the Namibian team a bypass in the round of eight on Wednesday and they had to wait for the winner between their neighbours South Africa and Kenya.
South Africa crushed Kenya 6-0 for a spot in the quarter-finals, where 16-year-old Reddig and 19-year-old Grobler awaited them.
The Namibian archers outclassed their counterparts from South Africa with a 5-1 score and booked themselves a spot in the semi-finals where they met Ivory Coast. They beat Ivory Coast 6-2 for a spot in the final, where they will meet the continent’s archery powerhouse, Egypt.
The two young athletes, who are making their first appearance at the African Games, are now guaranteed either a gold or silver medal depending on the outcome of their final play-off on Friday.
Ahead of the Friday final Reddig and Grobler are still expected to compete in the individual men and women recurve eliminations on Thursday, where they also stand a chance of qualifying for the finals in those events.