Great achievement for Para-athlete

Para-athlete Johannes Nambala won two silver medals at the 2017 IPC ParaAthletics World Championships in London.

24 July 2017 | Sports


Namibia’s T13 athlete Johannes Nambala on Friday won the country’s third medal at the 2017 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics Championships when he finished second in the 400m race.

Nambala clocked a seasonal best of 48.40 seconds in the 400m race and 21.81 seconds in the 200m which he ran on Wednesday. In the 400m Mohamed Amguoun of Morocco won the race with a world record time of 46.92 seconds to successfully defend his title.

The Moroccan athlete set a world record of 47.15 seconds at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil when he beat Nambala to the line, something he successfully repeated on Friday as he reduced the time again and beat the Namibian sprinter to the finish line.

Nambala said he was happy to win another medal for the country and was aiming for the world record but it was maybe not meant to happen.

He took to social media to thank the Namibian nation for their support. “Keep on doing what you do best my fans, family and coaches and the NPC Namibia. Without you I can do anything.”

Mohamed Hamoumou of Algeria finished third with 48.65 seconds.

Another Namibian sprinter in the race, Eino Mushila, finished last with a seasonal best of 54.61 seconds.

Their coach, Michael Hamukwaya, said the athletes’ hard work had paid off and he was proud of all the athletes.

Paralympic sprinter Ananias Shikongo and his guide Even Tjiviju won the first medal for Namibia at the championships.

They won silver in the men’s T11, 100m after finishing second behind world champion David Brown of the United States of America and his guide Jerome Avery, who finished the race in a time of 11.20 seconds.

The 2017 IPC World Athletics Championships ended yesterday.

The international multi-sport event involves athletes with a range of physical disabilities, and in a few events, those with intellectual disabilities. – Additional reporting NAMPA

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