Namibia’s Paralympics sprinter Ananias Shikongo and his trusted guide Ervin Tjiviju on Thursday rewrote the history books when they emphatically scooped a gold medal in the men’s T11 200m race at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
With his inspiring victory, Shikongo pushed Namibia’s medal tally to four so far – the highest feat for Namibia at any Paralympic Games.
On his way to the finish line, Shikongo brushed aside Brazilian defending world champion Felipe Gomes and his guide Jonas de Lima Silva to finish strongly in a time of 22.44 seconds – in the process setting a new Paralympic record. Brazil’s Daniel Silva and his guide Sales de Oliveira took third place with their time of 23.04 seconds. Team Namibia’s four medals so far won at the Paralympics were scooped by Johannes Nambala (two silver) and Shikongo with a bronze and gold medals.
Nine athletes are representing Namibia at this year’s games – in athletics, swimming and powerlifting. This major international multi-sport event involves athletes with a range of disabilities and is governed by the International Paralympic Committee.