BERLIN, 29 JUN – T12 Para-athlete Christoph Marungu is hopeful of winning a medal at his maiden world International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Grand Prix.
The young runner will compete for the first time at the IPC Berlin Grand Prix slated for Saturday and Sunday at Berlin’s Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark, which will be the last of the year.
Marungu, who runs with guide Enock Kawiwi, will compete in the 100 metre (m), 200m and 400m at the event.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Marungu said he is aiming for gold medals in the 200m and 400m.
“I have prepared well and I feel a bit of pressure since this will be the first big event I will compete in since I starting running, but with all the hard work I have put in I am hopeful of winning a gold or silver medal for the team,” he said.
The rookie athlete added that there are many countries expected to compete at the event but that will not prevent him from achieving his set goal for this competition.
“Our goal is to start preparing for the 2020 Paralympic Games and there is no better place to start then this championships that will have most of the world stars. All I have to do is prevent myself from being nervous while on the track and I am confident I will win something if I get the better of my nerves,” Marungu said.
Over 30 countries are expected to compete at the two-day championships.
In 2016, team Namibia who travelled with seven athletes walked away with 14 medals which were nine gold, three silver and two bronze.