The Namibian team collected three Gold, a Silver and a Bronze to round off a successful outing at the three-day penultimate grand prix of the 2016 International Paralympic Committee’s athletics season. The team amassed seven Gold and a pair of Silver and bronze on day two of the competition.
Shikongo anchored the men’s 4×100 team to gold in the final event on the track, putting the silver lining on a successful plunder abroad for Namibia. Aloysius had earlier secured a long jump berth at the Olympics with a 6,34m leap, exceeding the ‘A’ qualifying standard. That effort also earned him a silver medal in Sunday’s contest.
Fresh from winning gold (400m) and silver (100m), teenager Lahja Ishitile showed her class and consistency when winning the women’s T11 200m final in a time of 26,63 seconds. She posted 26,70 in the heats. T11 star Ananias Shikongo won his 200m final with consummate ease, beating his biggest rival for the Olympic title, American David Brown, into second place. Aided by his guide Even Tjiviju, Shikongo, who bagged 400m gold and 100m silver a day earlier, destroyed a world-class field with a winning time of 22,17 in the final after posting 23,27 in the heats.
Moses Tobias and his guide Andre Oberholster ran 24,37 to get bronze.
Namibia Paralympic Committee secretary general Michael Hamukwaya hopes the team can carry their scintillating form to Rio. Apart from the impressive medal haul and one African record, which was broken by Ananias Shikongo in the 100 T11 men’s final, several personal best times were also obtained by some athletes in several events.
“We, the national Paralympic committee, are very happy with the results as the athletes are starting to look good and starting to run good times just before the Rio Paralympic Games in September, our wish is to give these athletes one more chance to compete internationally before the Paralympic Games,” Hamukwaya stated.