Nam's female 4x100m team loses out on a medal at AG

29 Aug 2019 10:50am
By Hesron Kapanga
RABAT, 29 AUG (NAMPA) – Namibia’s 4x100 metre (m) female team missed out on a bronze medal after finishing fourth in the finals of the women’s race at the African Games in Morocco on Wednesday.
Tjipekapora Herunga, Jolene Jacobs, Beatrice Masilingi and Globine Mayova competed in the 4x100m for Team Namibia after reaching the finals in a time of 45.61 seconds in second place in their preliminary heats.
The team however put up an impressive performance with a seasonal best of 45.55 seconds during the finals on Wednesday.
Nigeria were crowned African champions in that event after outclassing their competitors in a time of 44.16 seconds. South Africa took the silver with a time of 44.61 seconds, while Kenya came third in a time of 45.44 seconds.
Meanwhile in the 400m finals, Namibia’s only representative Masilingi finished the event in seventh position. Despite putting up an impressive performance in the finals, the more experienced and seasonal athletes dominated the Namibian rookie.
Masilingi, who made her first appearance in the finals at a senior championship, ran a time of 52.56 seconds.
Galefele Mokoro of Botswana won the finals in a time of 51.30 seconds, while Chikwuka Ofili of Nigeria came second in a time of 51.68 seconds and Grace Obour of Ghana came third in a time of 51.86 seconds.
In the boxing events Namibia’s hopes of winning a gold medal at the African Games vanished as Commonwealth Games gold medallist Junias Jonas missed out on a spot in the finals of the boxing championships to be held on Thursday.
Jonas lost his 63 kilogramme lightweight semi-finals fight 2-3 against home favourite Abdelhaq Nadir at the Al Amal Indoor Sports Centre in Rabat. He will now have to settle for a bronze medal.