Ishitile Wins Second Bronze Medal for Namibia

Para-athlete Lahja Ishitile won Namibia’s second medal at the Commonwealth Games on Monday evening when she came third in the women’s 100m T12 final.

Libby Clegg of Scotland won the gold medal in a time of 12,20, followed by Maria Muchavo of Mozambique in 13,33, while Ishitile came third in 13,48 seconds.

It was Namibia’s second medal after Johanna Benson won a bronze medal in the women’s long jump T3738 on Sunday.

On Monday morning, Ishitile finished second in her heat in a time of 13,40 seconds to qualify for the final.

Namibia’s two other 100m T12 female sprinters, Anna Kambinda and Johanna Katjikuru failed to make the next round after finishing last in their respective heats.

Kambinda ran a season’s best time of 15,63 to end third, behind second-placed Selina Litt of England and race winner Maria Muchavo of Mozambique.

Katjikuru was fourth in her race where she ran 15,38. Tracey Hinton of Wales won in 13,79, followed by Kenya’s Nelly Munialo with 15,10 and then Joyleen Jeffrey of Papua New Guinea finished in a time of 15,16 seconds.

On the field, Echegaray Nguluwe could only manage 12th position in the men’s discus throw F4244 final despite recording a personal best throw of 28,88m.

England’s Dan Greaves won the event with a 59,21m effort, with Welshman Aled Davies claiming silver with 46,83m and Richard Okigbazi from Nigeria claiming bronze with his throw of 39,38m.

Meanwhile, one of Namibia’s best hopes for a medal at the Games, Gaby Ahrens failed to aance from the qualification round for the women’s trap shooting event when she finished in 12th position.

In boxing, Mujandjae Kasuto lost his 75kg middleweight fight against Vijender Vijender of India, while Lazarus Shaningwa lost his 60kg lightweight fight against Chad Milnes of New Zealand.

Junias Jonas, who progressed to the quarterfinals when he beat Charles Lumbwe of Zambia in their 64kg light welterweight fight on Sunday, is now Namibia’s only remaining boxer at the Games.

In bowls, Namibia’s men’s Pairs team of Will Esterhuizen and Douw Calitz narrowly missed out on a medal when they lost 19-12 to England in the third place play-off. Scotland won the gold medal and Malaysia the silver medal.

Esterhuizen got off to a good start in the men’s Singles competition after winning his first two matches.

On Sunday, he beat Henry Musonda of Zambia 21-10 and on Monday he beat Bobby Donnelly of South Africa 21-16.

Source : The Namibian