WINDHOEK, 12 APR – Namibia’s only para-athlete at the Commonwealth Games Ananias Shikongo and his guide Even Tjivu qualified for the final of the T12 100 metre (m) on Thursday morning.
The Commonwealth Games are underway in Queensland, Australia.
Shikongo who is a T11 athlete competed in the T12 100 m category and reached the final after running a season best of 11.26 seconds finishing third in heat one of the qualifiers.
He will now meet Hilton Langenhoven and Ndodomzi Ntutu both from South Africa and Muhamad Afiq Mohamad Ali Hanafiah of Malaysia in the final later on Thursday.
Athletes in the T11-T13 classes have visual impairments severe enough to impact their sport performance.
T11 athletes have very low visual acuity and/or no light perception and they compete with the assistance of a guide. T12 athletes have higher visual acuity than athletes competing in the T11 sport class and/or a visual field of less than five degrees radius and they mostly use the assistance of a guide when running.
Team Namibia is competing in track and field, bowls, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, para-sports and triathlon at the Commonwealth Games.