Nambala wins first medal for Namibia at IPC World Champs

WINDHOEK: Namibian Para-athlete Johannes Nambala won his country’s first medal at the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships underway in Doha, Qatar.

Nambala won a gold medal on Monday in the 200 metre T13, finishing in a time of 21.74 seconds. Nambala 21.74 seconds is now the latest T13 200m Africa record.

Perris Chad of Australia came second with the time of 21.82seconds while Michalski Mateusz of Poland won gold in the time of 21.92 seconds. Athletes in the T13 class have visually impairment but can reorganize contours between 2 and 6 meters away.

The 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships is the seventh edition of the event. The maiden event of the championships was staged in 1994.

This year’s championships will be the last major competitions ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The IPC Athletics World Championships is featuring around 1 300 athletes from 90 countries and is taking place in the 12 000 capacity Qatar Sports Club’s Suhaim Bin Hamam Stadium.

On Tuesday Nambala qualified to the final of the T13 400m with the time of 50.11 seconds.

In Lyon, France in 2013, at the World Championships, Namibia won one gold, two silver and four bronze medals.