Nambala bags second medal at world champs

15 November 2019 | Sports

Johannes Nambala, Namibia's T13 Paralympic Games medallist, won his second medal at the 2019 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Para Athletics Championships.

Nambala reached the final of the 100m race on Wednesday morning after coming second in his heat with a season's best of 10.88 seconds to finish just behind Chad Perris of Australia, who clocked a time of 10.87 seconds.

In the final of the T13 100m on Wednesday evening, the Namibian, who had a slow start, dusted himself off as the race progressed and finished third to take home the bronze medal. It was his second medal at the championships.

His first medal was gold medal in the T13 400m on Saturday.

Jason Smyth, the world record holder and T13 100m defending champion, finished first in the 100m race in a championship record of 10.54 seconds, while Perris took the silver medal with a season's best of 10.86 seconds.

Nambala said he could have done better during the race, but sees the experience as a learning curve.

“I always have a slow start in the 100m, but I'm happy for winning another medal for my country. I'm now going back home to continue training harder, as competition is getting tough, with a lot of young athletes coming onto the scene,” he said.

He added that getting a bronze medal is a wake-up call for him ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

“We only have six months of hard training before the Paralympics Games in Tokyo, therefore I have to keep training if I'm to win anything there, because all the other countries are now busy grooming young athletes who are very good and will compete for those medals in Tokyo,” Nambala said.

The World Para Athletics Championships are underway at the Dubai Club for People of Determination in the United Arab Emirates and ends today.

NAMPA

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