Shikongo bags silver

Ananias Shikongo is targeting more podium finishes at the London championship.

17 July 2017 | Sports

Namibian Para-athlete Ananias Shikongo has become the first Namibian athlete to win a medal at the 2017 International Paralympic Committee World Athletics championships in London.

Shikongo aided by his guide, Even Tjiviju, won the silver medal on Saturday, in the men's T11, 100 metre after finishing second behind world champion David Brown from the United States of America and his guide Jerome Avery, who finished the race in a time of 11.20 seconds.

Shikongo, who came from behind after a slow start, ran his personal best of 11.33 seconds to secure his first medal at the competition.

Speaking to Nampa after the race, Shikongo said he almost fell when he left the starting blocks, but managed to compose himself.

He added that there is still some hard work ahead and he is hoping to do better in the next race.

“I will continue working hard as the competition is getting tougher but we still have my favourite race, which is the 200m, on Thursday, with the heats and the final on Friday,” he said.

His guide Tjiviju said he was proud to have won a medal after a slow start.

“I did not see us winning a medal 50m out of the blocks, but we pulled ourselves together with just 40m to go and won this silver. I am not fit like when we were in Rio, but I know we will do better in the 200m,” said Tjiviju.

Shikongo says he does not plan on winning a medal in the 400m heats Sunday night.

“I will just use the 400m race as fitness for my 200m because I want to keep my body active. But if I qualify for the final I will be happy to challenge for a medal,” he said.

Team Namibia has now won one medal at the 2017 IPC World Athletics Championships.

Four athletes are representing Namibia at this year's games: Shikongo, Johannes Nambala, Lahja Ishitile and Eino Mushila; as well as guides Tjiviju and Sydney Kamuaruuma.

This major international multi-sport event involves athletes with a range of physical disabilities and in a few events, with intellectual disabilities and is governed by the IPC.

The games end on 23 July.


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