WINDHOEK, 12 APR – Para-athlete Ananias Shikongo and his guide Even Tjivuju missed out on a medal in the final of the T12 100 metre (m) event at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.
The Commonwealth Games are underway in Queensland, Australia.
Shikongo, who is a T11 athlete, finished fourth in the race he ran alongside Hilton Langenhoven and Ndodomzi Ntutu, both from South Africa, and Muhamad Afiq Mohamad Ali Hanafiah of Malaysia.
Ntutu won the race, while Langenhoven was second and Hanafiah was third.
Shikongo, who is the only para-athlete to represent Namibia at the competition, reached the final after he ran a season best of 11.26 seconds in heat two Thursday morning.
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.