Namibians dig gold from Gold Coast

It has been a Commonwealth Games of emotions for Namibia as the country's top athletes performed to the best of their capabilities away from home.

16 April 2018 | Sports

Team Namibia will return home with two gold medals after the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Boxer Jonas Junias won gold on Friday after defeating Canadian Thomas Blumenfeld 5-0 in the final of 64kg fight.

Veteran marathon runner Helalia Johannes proved that perseverance pays off after winning her first Commonwealth gold following so many years of failed attempts.

Johannes finished in a time of 2 hours, 32 minutes and 40 seconds. The silver medal in the 42.2km event was won by Lisa Weightman (2:33:23), while another Australian, Jess Trengrove, claimed the bronze medal in a time of 2:34:09.

The two athletes boosted Namibia's total Commonwealth Games medal tally from 18 to 20.

Before the competition, Namibia had won three gold medals, four silver and 11 bronze in the history of the competition. The country now has five gold medals in total.



Other athletes

Namibian para-athlete Ananias Shikongo and his guide, Even Tjiviju, could only settle for fourth place at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The T11 sprinter was taking part in the T12 100m race against Ndodomzi Ntutu of South Africa, who took gold in a time of 11:02. Silver went to his countryman Hilton Langenhoven in a time of 11:27 and bronze was won by Muhamad Afig Hanafiah of Malaysia, in a time of 11:37.

In cycling, Namibia's Michelle Vorster came eighth in the cross-country race.

The first place went to Annie Last and second place was scooped by Evie Richards, both from England. Third place went to Haley Smith of Canada.

Elite cyclist Tristan de Lange took 12th place in the men's cross-country race. The first two places went to New Zealand's Samuel Gaze and Anton Cooper and third place went to Alan Hatherly of South Africa.

Boxer Tryagain Ndevelo also missed out on a medal after losing to Australia's Harry Garside in their men's 60kg Round of 16 bouts.

Matias Hamunyela was eliminated from the competition in the early stages.

Lavinia Haitope finished seventh and Leena Ekandjo took 12th spot in the women's marathon.

The men's marathon saw two Namibians, Nawa Kuugongelwa and Reonard Namupala, not finishing the race, while Paulus Iyambo earned himself a sixth-place finish.

National time trial champion Drikus Coetzee finished 10th in the men's individual time trial.

Team Namibia was represented by 29 athletes in athletics, bowls, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, Para-sports and triathlon.

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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