WINDHOEK, 26 APR – President Hage Geingob congratulated Namibian Commonwealth gold medallists, Jonas Junias Jonas and Helalia Johannes, at State House on Wednesday for their outstanding achievements at the games.
The Head of State said the Presidency is proud of the two athletes who participated in the 2018 Commonwealth games held in Queensland, Australia from 04 April to 15 April 2018.
“They said we are from the land of the brave. We are not going to settle for silver or bronze. Either we get gold or nothing,” Geingob said, adding that both Jonas and Johannes performed remarkably.
Jonas, who is a 64-kilogramme amateur boxer outclassed Canadian, Thomas Blumenfeld from round one to three to win gold for Namibia, adding another Commonwealth medal to his collection after winning silver at the 2014 games held in Glasgow, Scotland.
Marathon runner, Johannes won Namibia’s second gold medal and became the first Namibian woman to win a gold medal at any Commonwealth Games after a brilliant run to outclass her competitors in a time of two hours, 32 minutes and 40 seconds (2:32:40).
Other Namibian runners – Lavinia Haitope finished seventh and Leena Ekandjo 12th, while Paulus Iyambo finished sixth in the men’s competition.
Uveni-Nawa Kuugongelwa and Reonard Namupala did not finish the race.
Team Namibia, represented by 29 athletes in athletics, bowls, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, Para-sports and triathlon, finished 19th on the overall standings.
The Commonwealth Games is an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth.
The 2018 games for the first time achieved gender equality by having an equal number of events for both male and female athletes.