WINDHOEK, 15 APR – Marathon runner Helalia Johannes won Namibia’s second gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games which end in Queensland, Australia on Sunday.
Namibia thus ended the games with two gold medals and not one as stated in our earlier story.
Boxer Jonas Junius won the other gold on Saturday.
The 36-year-old Johannes became the first Namibian woman to win a gold medal at any Commonwealth Games after a brilliant run to outclass her competitors.
She clocked two hours, 32 minutes and 40 seconds (2:32:40). Australia’s Lisa Weightman finished 43 seconds later followed by compatriot Jessica Trengove.
Other Namibian runners – Lavinia Haitope finishing seventh and Leena Ekandjo 12th. Paulus Iiyambo finished sixth in the men’s competition. Uveni-Nawa Kuugongelwa and Reonard Namupala did not finish the race.
Namibia thus finished the games in 19th spot overall.
The host nation finished top of the log with 198 medals of which 80 are gold, 59 silver and 59 bronze.
South Africa and Nigeria are the only African countries in the top 10. South Africa finished sixth with 13 gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze medals, while Nigeria ended ninth with nine gold, nine silver and six bronze.
Team Namibia was represented by 29 athletes in athletics, bowls, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, Para-sports and triathlon.